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Williamson, Zion Duke 6'6" 272 C frosh. Williamson possesses the greatest combination of explosiveness and power that we have seen in a prospect. He jumps so quickly and with so much force, some of his highlight plays seem computer generated.  If the highlight reel play of Williamson is viewed as just hype, forget that thought. Williamson was the most efficient freshman we have ever tracked since we started obsessing over NBA Drafts in 1999. He is, far and away, the number one prospect in this 2019 Draft. Zion averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while connecting on a jaw-dropping 68% of his field goal attempts. Duke was 5.4 points per 100 possessions better defensively when Zion was on the floor. He disrupts passing lanes. He closes out with perimeter blocked shots (that he often rebounds). He can throw a bullet bounce pass at top speed, and he finishes at the rim like something otherworldly. ...Does he have flaws? Certainly. He shot only 33.8% from three-point range and he connected on 64% of his free throws. Both numbers exhibit that his perimeter shooting touch is inconsistent at present. Zion also had more turnovers than assists this season. But those are nitpicks once you see realize how good he is overall. Williamson ranked first the entire NCAA in boxscore plus/minus. 


Good Advice: In 2013, the 1st pick in the NBA Draft was Anthony Bennett. We advised, "Draft Victor Oladipo."

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