- Duke freshman Zion Williamson has become the face of college basketball thanks to his superhuman athleticism and high-flying,rim-shaking dunks.
- Many fans and pundits have dubbed Williamson the next LeBron James, but when it comes to the infamous NBA “Greatest of All Time” debate, Williamson’s loyalties don’t lie with the King.
- Williamson sided with Michael Jordan despite his obvious tie to the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Zion Williamson has quickly emerged as the face of college basketball.
The 6-foot-7, 285-pound freshman forward for the Duke Blue Devils, burst onto the scene with a commanding 28-point, seven-rebound performance to take down the then-No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats to start the season. Williamson is averaging 19.8 points and 9.4 rebounds on 65.2% shooting through 12 games in his college career, but it has been his superhuman athleticism and high-flying, rim-shaking dunks that have caught the attention of everyone from college basketball fans to NBA coaches and scouts.
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Many fans and pundits have dubbed Williamson the next LeBron James, but when it comes to the infamous NBA “Greatest of All Time” debate, the Spartanburg, South Carolina, native’s loyalties don’t lie with the King.
“Growing up, my favourite player was Michael Jordan,” Williamson told INSIDER. “For those people that just think Michael Jordan was an offensive player, he was a great defensive player. He won defensive player of the year and I’m just striving to be like that… He’s the greatest player of all time.”
Williamson sided with His Airness despite his obvious tie to the North Carolina Tar Heels – Duke’s longtime arch rival and one of the final schools remaining on Williamson’s list before he committed to the Blue Devils.
“Tar Heel fans don’t really like that,” Williamson chuckled. “But they have to understand that [Jordan’s] the greatest player of all time… He would fly through the air and he was the ultimate competitor. He’d apply himself on both ends of the floor… Who wouldn’t want to be like that?”
But when it comes to current NBA player he strives to emulate; no one came immediately to mind.
“I’m just trying to be the first Zion, really,” Williamson said.
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