Zion Williamson’s high school basketball coach has confirmed his former star player’s plans for the 2019 NBA Draft. There will be no threatening of a trade or a considering of a return to Duke.
Williamson, the probable No. 1 overall pick in June’s NBA Draft, is reportedly honored to play for the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, surging ahead of teams with better odds like the Knicks, Cavs and Suns.
Some speculated that Williamson would not be happy in New Orleans and maybe even consider returning to Duke for a sophomore season.
That’s not happening, though.
Breaking: Zion Williamson’s high school coach (Lee Sartor) just joined us live and said Zion will not be returning to Duke nor will he ask for a trade.
In communication with Zion’s family, they’ve said Zion will be honored to be drafted by the @PelicansNBA.
— Marc Ryan (@MarcRyanOnAir) May 16, 2019
Williamson’s stepfather also confirmed these plans earlier in the day.
“We’re excited [about coming to New Orleans],” Lee Anderson told the “Off the Bench” show on ESPN 104.5 in Baton Rouge on Thursday. “We’re excited about that.”
He added that he’s spoken to the Pelicans and everyone is excited about the next step.
“I spoke with Coach [Alvin] Gentry the other night and we met with [VP of basketball operations] Mr. Griffin, David Griffin, and then I spoke with him again last night ,” Anderson said. “We had a great conversation and we’re excited about the prospects of coming down there and getting settled and looking for a place to stay and all of these good things.”
Williamson will hopefully be joining former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis in New Orleans. The All-NBA forward has requested a trade out of the franchise, but the Pelicans likely won’t be willing to make a move now that Zion is coming.