Zion Williamson had one other breakout efficiency as No. 1 Duke cruised to a different decisive victory on Wednesday evening.
Williamson recorded 21 factors (10 of 12 taking pictures) and 9 rebounds in the course of the Blue Devils’ 84-46 victory over Jap Michigan. The 5-star freshman supplied stellar protection and proved that his recreation is greater than only a dunking spotlight movie, though his dunks had been the most important takeways from the victory.
Williamson caught an alleyoop from guard Jack White within the first half by which he was eye degree with the rim earlier than coming down.
He added one other spotlight within the second half when he pulled again for an enormous tomahawk jam, in addition to one other two-handed slam on a second alley oop.
However the blue chip freshman additionally shared the wealth, establishing fellow freshman RJ Barrett on an alley oop cross of his personal.
“RJ all the time says I do not throw him the lob,” Williamson mentioned of the alley oop cross. “So I lastly bought him one there.”
“Zion’s dunks are loopy,” fellow Blue Devils freshman Tre Jones mentioned. “RJ had some dunks, Javin [DeLaurier] bought his first dunk of the yr … we’ve a variety of guys who dunked tonight. However I’ve gotta go together with Zion’s [as the best].”
Williamson and Barrett mixed for 70 factors to guide Duke to its third consecutive win of the 2018-19 season. The duo has every had 77 factors via their first three collegiate video games, which tied a Blue Devils freshman report.
Jabari Parker is the one different Duke freshman to put up 20 factors throughout every of his first three NCAA video games.
“At my age, once I pinch myself, nothing occurs,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski joked of Williamson’s efficiency. “Greater than how excessive he jumps is his unimaginable physique management. It is loopy.”
The Blue Devils have outscored opponents by a 294-202 margin, which included a 118-84 rout of then-No. 2 Kentucky throughout their season opener, which led to a soar from No. four to No. 1 within the first common season top-25 rankings.
“We’re a really versatile workforce,” Williamson added. “We all know learn how to play in opposition to a number of defenses. They had been enjoying zone and we had been in a position to end.”
Williamson ranked because the No. 1 energy foward, No. 1 participant from the state of South Carolina and the No. 5 general prospect for the 2018 nationwide recruiting cycle, in keeping with the 247Sports activities Composite. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound freshman is already projected to be one of many high picks within the 2019 NBA Draft.
Duke will face San Diego State on Monday in its first recreation of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational earlier than internet hosting Indiana on Nov. 27 in an ACC/Huge Ten Problem matchup.
Supply from newsweek