Duke’s men’s basketball program has announced a new injury update for star freshman forward Zion Williamson. The Blue Devils’ sensational freshman is returning.
Williamson, who suffered a knee sprain in a home loss to North Carolina on February 20, will return to the court in the ACC Tournament this evening.
Duke announced on social media that Williamson will play against Syracuse.
🚨 ZI🤯N STATUS UPDATE:
(He’s back) pic.twitter.com/VleciNZ6V6
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) March 14, 2019
Williamson, the likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, had been the best player in college basketball before getting injured.
The five-star freshman suffered a knee sprain when his Nike shoes gave out in the opening minute against North Carolina.
Williamson is expected to be wearing new shoes tonight, per Yahoo! Sports:
Will Zion be wearing different shoes?
The expectation is yes. After Zion’s Paul George-model Nikes exploded beneath him, change is inevitable. Those sneakers were lower cut, and the strong expectation around the Duke program is that Williamson will wear higher-cut LeBron James- or Kyrie Irving-model Nikes that will better support his massive frame and raw power.
Williamson and Duke are competing for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Blue Devils are 26-5 (14-4 in the ACC) on the season, having lost three games since Williamson got injured (including two against North Carolina).
Duke can probably still get a No. 1 seed, though it probably needs to win the ACC Tournament. The Blue Devils’ conference tournament run starts tonight against Syracuse.
Williamson and Co. are set to tip off at 9 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN.