Duke’s Williamson declares for the 2019 NBA Draft

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft. He is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick.

He declared on an Instagram story. Williamson was expected to be one-and-done since Day 1 when he stepped onto a college campus.

Former Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson reacts after a dunk against the North Carolina Tar Heels
Zion Williamson reacts after a dunk against the North Carolina Tar Heels (Getty Images)

He is one of three former Duke Blue Devils, who declared for the draft. He joins R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish. Tre Jones, who was one of four star freshman, elected to return for his sophomore season.

When Williamson becomes the No. 1 overall pick, it’ll be the first player, who went No. 1 overall from Duke University since 2011. The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Kyrie Irving with that pick.

Williamson was tied with Barrett in leading the team in scoring. Both averaged 22.6 points per game.

The Spartanburg, South Carolina native also averaged 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.8 blocks in 30 minutes per game.

The Mississauga, Canada native averaged 7.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 35.3 minutes per game.

It’ll be the sixth straight year that the Blue Devils had a Top 5 pick in the NBA Draft. This includes Jabari Parker (No. 2; 2014), Jahlil Okafor (No. 3; 2015), Brandon Ingram (No. 2; 2016), Jayson Tatum (No. 3, 2017), and Marvin Bagley III (No. 2; 2018).

Williamson could become just the fourth No. 1 overall pick in school history. Besides Irving, Elton Brand also went No. 1 overall in the 1999 NBA Draft. Art Heyman was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1963 NBA Draft.

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