Pelicans’ Zion Williamson wins ESPYS best collegiate athlete, jokes he wanted to stay for a second year in Duke
The phenom accepted the award graciously, and joked about wanting to stay at Duke for another year:
“I love Duke. Wish I could’ve stayed a second year, but I had other things to do.”
Zion making everyone laugh after winning the ESPY for Best College Athlete 😂 pic.twitter.com/wb0qEFlQxX
— ESPN (@espn) July 11, 2019
Even though he was the number one overall pick, Williamson left Duke on a bit of a sour note. The Blue Devils, who were heavy favorites to win it all when the tournament started, were knocked out in the Elite Eight by Michigan State.
The loss was certainly not Williamson’s fault. He scored a game-high 24 points and completed the double-double with 14 rebounds.
The loss shocked the country and devastated Williamson, but he shouldn’t be too upset with his brief college career. The dominant freshman was able to put up eye-popping numbers that solidified his future status as the number one pick long before the draft occurred.
In 33 games, Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals, and 1.8 blocks. He stuffed the stat sheet in every way possible while shooting an impressive 68 percent from the field. Frequently, it was clear that Zion was in a different class than the opponents that he matched up against.
Unfortunately for the prospect, he will never get another shot at winning the biggest tournament in college basketball.
However, he can now set his eye on a just as elusive goal; hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy with the Pelicans.