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Zion Williamson is one BIG small forward

© Jeff Blake | USATSI


© Jeff Blake | USATSI

Based on his dunking skills alone, we already knew that Zion Williamson isn’t your typical basketball player; however, his measurements coming out this weekend’s USA Basketball minicamp show that he’s truly a freak of nature.

Zion is listed as a 6’7″ 230 lbs. small forward by all of the major recruiting services, but in Colorado Springs, measured in at 6’5″ (barefoot), 272 lbs. Whoa. May I remind you this is basketball, not football? As ESPN’s Jonathan Givony notes, Zion’s carrying a lot of extra weight, but amazingly, it hasn’t affected his game too much. Givony said that Zion’s speed, power, and motor were impressive for someone who appears out of shape.

“While he has the height of a small forward, his massive 272 pound frame is clearly best suited for the center position and will have to be toned significantly if he’s to maximize his potential, as he currently looks heavy and out of shape,” Givony wrote. “He was impossible to contain off the dribble for anyone in attendance. He has an elite first step with polished footwork, outstanding body control and the ability to navigate tight spaces smoothly that belies his thick frame. He changes gears powerfully, generates an incredible amount of force with his finishes, has incredible touch around the basket and is also more than willing to do the little things, such as crashing the offensive glass, making the extra pass and playing with a very high intensity level defensively. While his conditioning looks poor, he continued to play hard deep into the long days of practices long after most of his peers had decided to dial it back, despite the altitude of Colorado Springs.”

Givony said that Zion’s body is so unique it’s hard to compare him to anybody in the pros, listing Draymond Green (6’7″ 230 lbs) and Julius Randle (6’9″ 250 lbs) before settling on former Boston College star Craig Smith (6’7″ 275 lbs). Watching Zion’s highlights coming out of the camp, it’s wild to think that he’s currently 40 lbs. over his listed weight and is still capable of doing stuff like this:

And, if you missed it, Zion will be at Big Blue Madness Friday night. We’ll have more on it as the week goes on, but this weekend is absolutely huge.

[ESPN Insider]

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9 Comments for Zion Williamson is one BIG small forward

  1. Angelo
    3:27 pm October 9, 2017 Permalink

    Every college basketball player is 2 inches shorter than listed…

    • ClutchCargo
      3:44 pm October 9, 2017 Permalink

      Yes, and that makes no sense to me. I know it’s because they measure them in shoes, but why do that? Some will say that it’s because you play basketball in shoes, which is missing the point. Football players don’t get measured in cleats and helmets.

  2. ClutchCargo
    3:35 pm October 9, 2017 Permalink

    Charles Barkley is who he kind of reminds me of.

    • EdC
      4:09 pm October 9, 2017 Permalink

      I was thinking the same thing but Chuck wasn’t as dynamic a leaper. Always amazed me that Barkley could lead the NBA in rebounds at his height.

    • LegggoooCats
      5:07 pm October 9, 2017 Permalink

      I think a more athletic/higher vertical version of Charles Barkley is a great comparison.

      Chuckster was The Round Mound of Rebound

      Would that make Zion The Round Chunk of Dunk?

      Haha, I kid I kid… I want Zion, RJ, Grimes, Bol, and O’Neal BADLY! Would love Langford as well, but he’s headed elsewhere. Am I wishing for too much??? LOL

  3. za
    4:05 pm October 9, 2017 Permalink

    Is he gonna end up being a hooper turned tight end?

  4. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    4:25 pm October 9, 2017 Permalink

    Larry Johnson with hops?

  5. TonyMontana
    5:00 pm October 9, 2017 Permalink

    I cant remember wanting a guy on my team more than him. His dominance is crazy. Zion averaged 35 points per game his Junior year shooting 82% from 2. He makes 4 out of 5 shots! And he also brings down 13 rebounds per game. He is a beast. Fingers crossed.

  6. Rembrandt
    5:30 pm October 9, 2017 Permalink

    That extra weight will drop off quickly after a couple weeks of Calipari’s practices.