Zion Williamson, 5-star super recruit, commits to Duke

  • Zion Williamson, 5-star super recruit, commits to Duke

Zion Williamson, 5-star super recruit, commits to Duke

"First I'd like to thank SC and Clemson for taking the time to recruit me", Williamson said on the ESPN broadcast, "but like my mom said, I had to follow my heart".

Zion Williamson - one of the top high school basketball players in the country - has announced his decision to play for Duke next season.

Williamson's mother, Sharonda Sampson, ran track at Livingstone College in Salisbury and was a former high school sprinting state champion in SC.

Ranked a consensus No. 2 in the class of 2018 by most prep recruiting services, Williamson is a burly 6-foot-6 and 272 pounds with elite leaping ability. "Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski), he's just the most legendary coach that every coached college basketball".

The 17-year-old out of Spartanburg, S.C.is a social-media sensation with 1.1 million Instagram followers and more than 100,000 loyal fans on Twitter.

According to ESPN, Williamson is the No. 2 player in the 2018 class behind Duke commit R.J. Barrett. "I think it is going to come down to the fit and what feels right for him", Sartor said.

Zion Williamson has made a decision to play college basketball at Duke. Drake got a customized Williamson jersey at one point.

All those widely-noticed videos of the player known as "Mt. Zion" accounted for much of Williamson's fame. "People knowing who I am".

In recent years, Duke and Kentucky have led the way when it comes to recruiting talented players who are projected to spend no more than one year in college.

"I want to thank all of the coaches who saw something in me", Williamson said. As of Saturday afternoon, 88 percent of the projections on 247Sports' Crystal Ball had him going to Clemson, with Kentucky, South Carolina and UNC each drawing four percent.