Whether you love or hate Duke, it’s really hard to ignore the talent of Zion Williamson. The freshman phenom is already projected to be the top pick in the NBA Draft for his athleticism alone, but he’s starting to show progress in other phases of his skillset each game.
Last night the Blue Devils played their first game on the road this season, as they faced the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. It appears hostile environments in the ACC won’t even bother the star freshman from putting on a show.
Williamson finished his night with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against Wake Forest. He also connected on three attempts from beyond the arc.
Another important element to the Blue Devils’ star is his ability to defend on the perimeter and in the paint.
It’s becoming very clear that Williamson is an all-around superstar. However, there are people out there that still believe he’s just a glorified dunker.
Following the team’s victory on Tuesday, the dynamic forward made it known that he can do more than just throw down electric dunks.
“I kind of hate being classified as a dunker,” Williamson said. “Coach [Mike Krzyzewski] wouldn’t have recruited me if I was just a dunker. But I guess people on the outside don’t understand that. I can’t play to impress other people. I’m playing to get better for myself and my teammates and hopefully make a run for a national championship.”
Williamson is averaging 20.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest.
Mike Krzyzewski knows how important Williamson is to the team’s overall success. Although skeptics still have questions for the most polarizing player in college hoops, his consistent production should speak for itself.