FILE - In this March 29, 2019, file photo, Duke forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts during an East Regional semifinal in the NCAA men's basketball tournamenet against Virginia Tech in Washington. Williamson was named the John R. Wooden Men's Player of the year at the College Basketball Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday, April 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Zion Williamson entering NBA draft after 1 year at Duke

April 15, 2019 - 5:00 pm
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson is leaving Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft.

Widely projected as the top overall pick in the June draft, the AP national player of the year announced his decision Monday.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson captivated all of college basketball with his freakish, once-in-a-generation athleticism, his energy at both ends of the floor and his omnipresent charisma.

The Atlantic Coast Conference player and rookie of the year averaged 22.6 points — tied for the league lead with teammate RJ Barrett — and 8.9 rebounds. Along the way, he became the face of college basketball this season, routinely coming up with at least one highlight-reel play or show-stopping dunk per game.

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