After scoring 31 and 32 points in two games to open up the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale yesterday, five-star stud Zion Williamson put on yet another show this morning.
In 31 minutes (of 32 possible minutes) of action, Williamson managed 24 points (9-12 shooting), 19 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. He also went 1-1 from behind the arc and 5-8 from the free throw line.
Following the massive performance, the top player in America spoke to reporters again on his recruitment, his game, and what he’s hoping for out of his senior year.
When asked which schools remain in contact with him, Williamson narrowed it down to the blue bloods and the local South Carolina schools.
“Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, Clemson, South Carolina, UCLA, Arizona, and a couple more schools,” he said.
Coach K, Bill Self, Tom Izzo, Joel Justus, and Frank Martin were all in to see Williamson play this morning, along with countless assistants from top-tier programs.
When asked about Coach K and the Duke staff, Williamson was fond of the Devils’ persistence.
“Duke’s whole coaching staff usually texts me every two days, they’re always communicating. They want me to come to Duke and play positions one through four.”
When asked again about Kentucky, it was much of the same: NBA, NBA, NBA.
“Coach Cal and some of the other assistants text every two days. Coach Cal has just said if my dream is to make it to the NBA, he can help me do that. That’s very important to me, because that’s the ultimate dream.”
Though making it to the NBA is the goal, just being known as a “one-and-done” going into it isn’t a priority of his.
“Kentucky, that’s what they’re known for is their one-and-dones, but I’m not necessarily looking for just that. I’m just looking for the situation that fits me best,” said Williamson.
When it comes to intensity and never letting up on their players, the Spartanburg, SC native said Calipari, Self, and Coach K are second to none.
“With Coach Cal, Coach Self, and Coach K, they are always on their players,” he said. “If they take a play off, they’re going to be on the bench realizing they should’ve played harder on defense or whatever.
Despite Clemson, South Carolina, Duke, and North Carolina all having high interest in the five-star forward, Williamson said location will not play a factor in his final decision.
“No sir, location will not play a factor,” he said.
Williamson will take on Immanuel Quickley’s Team BBC at 2:20, where we’ll give you all the footage, quotes, and statistics you can handle.
Until then, we’ll leave you with KSR’s highlights of Williamson’s first game of the day: