MMQB NFL insider Albert Breer is one of many people to share an opinion on Zion Williamson during a Duke game this year. It just so happens he's getting blowback for it.
Williamson was his usual brilliant self in Duke's 85-62 first-round win over North Dakota State tonight. During the game, Breer tweeted his take that Williamson has benefited from being a "one-and-done" at Duke.
"I also think Zion Williamson is one of the few who benefits from the one-and-done rule. Without it, no way would he be entering the NBA as marketable and set for endorsement $$$ as he is now," he wrote.
It didn't take long for that tweet to draw criticism. Williamson's brand throughout high school was strong. The kid was a social media and internet sensation who was a top-three recruit in his class.
Breer tried to clarify his take in subsequent tweets.
Breer's main argument is Zion strengthened his brand and future earning power during his lone year at Duke. However, he didn't need a year in college to get his name out there.
There is a kernel of truth to Zion benefiting from a year at Duke in relation to his draft stock though. He would have been a lottery pick had he turned pro out of high school, but now is being looked at as a surefire No. 1 overall selection.
Breer's take probably sounds better if its explained with more nuance, but as we know, Twitter isn't the medium for that.