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Video: Duke’s Zion Williamson touches the top of backboard with relative ease

Zion Williamson

Much has been made about the impending weight loss training Duke freshman Zion Williamson must get through to make it in the NBA, but seeing his ridiculous ups measured makes one think — why bother?

Despite standing at a mere 6-foot-7, Williamson is able to take off and lift every bit of his hulking 285-pound frame way past the rim, reaching even the top of the backboard with relative ease.

Williamson, who is a two-footed dunker by nature, has shown off his ridiculous explosiveness throughout the high school and AAU circuits, which made him one of Duke’s top targets from the get-go, having shown an innate ability to score, rebound, and block shots.

Yet it’d be hard to debate that any college athlete is more ready to bring the NBA Slam Dunk Contest back from the dead than Williamson, who possesses terrorizing athleticism and freakish air time. The youngster has already made waves while playing in Duke’s exhibition games.

The Duke Blue Devils will be a must-watch this season with Williamson in the lineup, along with fellow studs R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish. Williamson may be a one-and-done player, but he’ll be one worth remembering due to the series of poster-dunks he’s set to deliver.