Every time I watch clips of 2018 small forward Zion Williamson, I have two thoughts: 1) There’s no way he’s only 16 years old, and 2) Why in the world hasn’t John Calipari offered him a scholarship??
Only God and Zion’s family can verify that first question, and as for the second, well, apparently, the offer is coming. In a profile of Zion (because when you have a name like Zion, you only go by Zion) by the Charlotte Observer’s Scott Fowler, the 6’7″ 220 lbs. man child says even though he hasn’t officially gotten a scholarship offer from Calipari yet, he’s been promised one (whatever that means).
“Williamson has received about three dozen scholarship offers from just about every big-name school in and outside the Carolinas you can name — Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Clemson, South Carolina and Kansas among them. Kentucky is a notable exception. Williamson and his family say, however, that Wildcats coach John Calipari is ‘strongly recruiting’ Williamson as well and has promised an official scholarship offer soon.”
What the heck are you waiting for, Cal? No, really. We know you’ve seen the kid play, so you’ve seen dunks like this:
Zion Williamson is back at it again 👀 pic.twitter.com/mq7fg7qTyU
— WSHH VIDS (@WSHHVlDS) February 1, 2017
And this 360-degree windmill Monday night:
The kid apparently even loves Kentucky. He took an official visit to Lexington for the Kansas game a few weeks back and, despite UK’s loss, told reporters he was blown away, calling the atmosphere at Rupp “indescribable” and “ridiculous.” Calipari followed up with a visit to Zion’s school in Spartanburg, South Carolina a few days later, but still, no scholarship offer.
I know, in Cal we trust, but what gives? Zion is the most explosive player in the country, with Roy Williams going as far to call him one of the best prospects he’s seen since Michael Jordan. Jordan! Heck, even your boy Drake is a fan, sporting Zion’s jersey a few weeks back:
ICYMI: Hip Hop mogul Drake joins the fan club of 16-year old hoops prospect Zion Williamson
— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) January 17, 2017
Promise me you’ll follow up on that promise, Cal.