Duke’s Zion Williamson Announces His NBA Draft Decision

Zion Williamson entering NBA draft after 1 year at Duke

Zion Williamson entering NBA draft after 1 year at Duke

After a single season at Duke, consensus No. 1 prospect Zion Williamson has announced that he'll be declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft.

He was the third freshman to win the John R. Wooden Award, while also AP Player of the Year, the Naismith Award and the Karl Malone Award as the nation's top power forward.

Per Sports-Reference, Williamson is the third player in its database to post at least 20 points per game and 65 percent shooting from the field, joining Michael Beasley and Blake Griffin.

The Atlanta Hawks are the only other team with better than 10 percent odds at getting the No. 1 pick.

Williamson was long thought to be leaving Duke after his freshman season, and once the Blue Devils were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament that speculation grew.

Williamson wasted no time proving at the collegiate level that he was as tantalizing an National Basketball Association prospect as scouts expected him to be prior to the 2018-19 season.

Williamson's college career came to an end in the Elite Eight, when Duke fell to Michigan State. The NBA Draft Lottery takes place on Tuesday, May 14, in what will be one of the most anticipated nights of the offseason.

In 33 games for Duke this season, Zion Williamson was a man among boys.

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