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Clemson reportedly still leading for Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson says he’s nearing a decision; unfortunately, according to recruiting experts, Clemson’s still the leader. 

Both Rivals’ Corey Evans and the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts are reporting that Clemson continues to lead for Williamson, the five-star phenom primed to be the most exciting player in college basketball next season.

“Clemson has gained the most talk of late,” Evans writes. “Brad Brownell has his team off to its best start since he took over the ACC program, which definitely bodes well regarding their chances. Williamson and his family have also been big proponents in representing the state of South Carolina, hence playing for a travel program named the South Carolina Supreme, and have been loyal to his Spartanburg Day School bunch. Williamson’s stepfather also played for Clemson from 1981-1983, giving the Tigers another inside track for him.”

Ben Roberts says he’s also hearing Clemson has the momentum in the final stretch.

“We’ve been hearing that the decision could actually come in the next couple of weeks, and it’s worth noting that Williamson’s team has a game set to be televised by ESPN on Jan. 13. We’ve also been told that local option Clemson is the team to beat heading into the new year.”

Ugh. Kevin Knox’s recruitment taught us that nobody really knows until the very end, but hopefully Zion remembers how well going to Kentucky worked out for fellow mixtape superstar John Wall.



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27 responses to “Clemson reportedly still leading for Zion Williamson”

  1. Catcasey1

    UK ain’t for everyone

    1. johnwall

      And he wouldnt be going to Duke/UNC which is a positive

  2. nybrasky

    Malik Newman cautions, be like Malik Monk not Malik Newman.

  3. KYcats11

    UK ain’t for everyone, but dammit cal, get this guy.

  4. binarysolo

    Who knows — maybe Zion’s parents are looking at how Trae Young is blowing up and are thinking they can recreate the same thing by being the home state hero? But like nybrasky said, there’s also the Malik Newman side of that narrative.

    Either way if you want to jack up 30 shots a game, UK isn’t the place for you. We’d love to have ya, but this isn’t a small pond for big fish. Everybody eats.

    1. Underdog

      I don’t see how the Trae Young story doesn’t KILL UK’s recruiting for the big stars.

      What every home state school will say is, “Come here and do for us what Trae Young did for Oklahoma.” Have a blast. You’ll still get to the NBA and be a hero for your home state. KY doesn’t NEED you, but we truly need and love you. These home state schools will really show the love, and most decisions are based on emotion.

      Unfortunately, Trae Young’s decision to stay home could negatively affect UK’s recruiting with the mega superstars for many years to come.

    2. Blue Bill

      Not to mention practicing against and competing against the best talent in the nation, nba quality talent every single day to make you better. UK is not for everybody. Those type players will go somewhere else ala shabazz, trae etc…

    3. damage_control

      Underdog- you sound like the chump ex boyfriend who’s desperate to hold onto the chick who realized she’s too good for you.

    4. dballrb


    5. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      But again, Cal can point to the mural on the wal of KAT, AD, Wall, Boogie, etc. Those coaches can’t. He can also talk about Malik Newman as mentioned. Still, UK definitely isn’t for everyone.

    6. Booby Petrino

      I think that’s a bit dramatic, Underdog. Not everyone wants to stay home and be the hero. Some people actually want to be coached, like Monk. Some people want to learn things and not just run the show and have all eyes on them. Some people want to meet Drake (that’s a joke, ha ha). Playing basketball for a school like UK can mean a lot more than being a hometown hero for a year.

    7. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Yep, if everyone wanted to be hometown or homestate hero we wouldn’t lose 4 and 5 star football players from KY to Bama, etc., and several in years past to UT and Notre Dame.

    8. binarysolo

      Zion’s going to get into the league no matter what, it’s not like he needs the exposure at UK to get there. So then the question comes down to: who’s gonna better prepare you to play at a professional level? Cal, or… shoot, whoever coaches at Clemson?

      Just look at Ben Simmons. (Former LSU coach) Johnny Jones was in way over his head coaching that kind of talent.

      Looking forward to the day the one-and-done rule is taken off the table so we won’t have to go through this nonsense.

    9. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      See also Marques Bolden.

    10. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      I think UK should also post our former player’s salaries on that mural. 😜

    11. crazycatfan65

      I have to agree with Underdog somewhat. I feel like since the “platoon” year we haven’t gotten the top guys. Seems like the top 5-9 usually goes to dUKe now. Last years class and next years has proven that. Where we use to get the #1 guy at each position, dUKe is getting them now and we have to “settle” for the 2nd or 3rd best option.

    12. Booby Petrino

      Crazy…How is that agreeing with Underdog? He said we are going to lose recruits bc they want to stay home and be heroes. You’re saying we’re losing them to Duke. Those guys Duke is getting aren’t all from NC. Your point isn’t the same as his at all.

  5. Underdog

    If he commits in January, DURING the season, it would make the most logical sense he’ll commit to his home state school.

    Committing to UK this month would make life much, much harder on him (as far as catching grief from friends and fans who want him to commit to Clemson and whom will be personally interacting with him at games and at school, etc.) then committing to Kentucky AFTER the season was over.

    Can you all think of a reason why committing to KY now makes any sense? I’m guessing most big-time stars, who are considering their home state school and a blue blood like UK, wait to commit till their season is over and the social pressure dissipates.

    I think us UK fans better hope he DOESN’T commit this month. An April or May commitment probably means KY has a much better shot.

    1. damage_control

      Clemson has basketball fans who’d be so upset that they’d harass the kid for committing to UK? News to me

    2. jimmer

      Good point. Ask Malik Monk how it went for him being a UK commit playing in Arkansas.

    3. runningunnin.454

      Clemson fans may switch to basketball after they were shut down last night. Their QB is going to have nightmares about big ugly demons in red.

    4. MiggityMike

      I agree that if the decision is soon, it’s most likely Clemson for this reason. Look at tape from Tyler Herro’s games this year so far……opposing fans troll him big time for decommitting from Wisconsin, although it was the smart choice for him. Same with Malik Monk in Arkansas mentioned above. Is way tougher on guys during the season committing somewhere else when everyone around them wants them to stay home.

  6. Swizzle

    Well at least if he goes to Clemson he’ll be a non factor for a title. Like bamba at texas

  7. runningunnin.454

    At Clemson, all he would have to look forward to is getting owned by Dook and UNCheat.

  8. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Unfortunately I think the Kevin Knox swerve on Duke and FSU is an outlier. I could be wrong, but it seems to me that the closer we get to a big time player’s announcement, the rumors in the air usually turn out to be true. If Matt isn’t confident (Damien Harris, RJ Barrett), we don’t get them. If he is (Elam, recent bball commits), we do. If he’s not sure (like with Knox), we have a chance at least. That seems to be the pattern, but maybe my memory is short. I dunno.

    Let’s just hope UK is at least in it and Zion and his parents are giggling at the press acting like they’re not like Knox and his parents were.

  9. SuperTroy18

    Should he choose a football school like Bamba and Young did, he will be a ghost for all but MAYBE late February/early March at his school. That’s it. They only care about gridiron until January.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      True, and football coaches at other schools use that same selling point with the Damien Harris’s of KY. There was a story about a Bama coach looking at Harris during a game when he was on the sideline in Tuscaloosa and mimicking a bball shot and shaking his head.