Zion Lateef Williamson is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA. He was selected as the first overall draft pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Williamson was a five-star recruit and was ranked among the top five players in the 2018 class. He attended Spartanburg Day School, where he led them to three straight state championships and earned South Carolina Mr. Basketball recognition.
In his freshman and only year with Duke, Williamson took the college league by storm. He was named the ACC Player of the Year, ACC Athlete of the Year, and ACC Rookie of the Year. He also set the single game scoring record for freshmen in 2019, and won the ACC Rookie of the Week award five times. He was named to the preseason watch lists for the Karl Malone Award, Naismith Trophy, and John R. Wooden Award.
He became the second player in school history to record at least 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks in a game. Zion also became the sixth freshmen to win the honor of being named ACC Tournament MVP.
In February 20th, Williamson suffered a knee sprain after ripping through his Nike shoe just 36 seconds into the game. Nike saw their stock drop by $1.1 billion the following day due to the incident. Returning from the injury for the playoffs, he became only the second player after Christian Laettner to record at least 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 steals in a game. Williamson then dropped 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in their loss against Michigan State which ended their season.
In addition to an already remarkable season, Zion became the only players after Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis as the only freshmen to record 500 points, 50 steals and 50 blocks in a single season.