Zion Williamson did his already sky-rocketing fame no hurt when he produced a completely jaw-dropping block in opposition to Virginia on Saturday.
With Duke 68-61 forward and 4:40 remaining within the recreation, Cavaliers ahead Jay Huff discovered his teammate De’ Andre Hunter vast open within the nook. The Virginia guard obtained the ball and regarded he had on a regular basis on this planet to sink a three-pointer, which might have dragged his group proper again into the sport.
However, as Hunter steadied himself to shoot, Williamson sprinted in the direction of him from the alternative facet of the paint. The Duke rookie nonetheless regarded to haven’t any probability of blocking the shot, besides he then leapt into the air whereas nonetheless contained in the arc and flew in the direction of Hunter, swatting the ball with contempt.
The clip of Williamson’s block instantly went viral and one replay specifically, taken from a side-on angle, exhibits the extent of his athletic feat.
Of course, the Blue Devils’ massive man isn’t the primary participant to name on his athletic prowess to dam a shot, however Williamson’s leap was not one thing followers get to see day-after-day. Players get blocked on the perimeter in virtually each recreation, however the blocker tends to be proper in entrance of them and tends to get simply a number of the ball.
Williamson would possibly as effectively have been in a unique area and he didn’t simply get his hand on the ball, he ferociously slapped it out of bounds.
Aside from his unimaginable block, the 18-year-old delivered one other strong efficiency as second-ranked Duke beat quantity three-ranked Virginia on the highway 81-71. Williamson completed with 18 factors, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and three blocks in 36 minutes, taking pictures an virtually immaculate 6-of-Eight from the ground.
RJ Barrett stole the present for the Blue Devils, scoring 26 factors on 8-of-15 from the sector and including seven rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes on the court docket.
Under the watchful eye of LeBron James, Duke sprung out of the blocks and Barrett drained 5 three-pointers earlier than the sport had even reached the 12-minute mark.
That actually units the tone for us and we performed protection right now as effectively,” he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.
“We have been simply in our zone and it is nice to see when our group is like that.”
The win in opposition to Virginia was the Blue Devils’ seventh in a row and noticed them enhance to 21-2 for the season, whereas the Cavaliers slipped to 20-2.
Zion Williamson, #1 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots over De’Andre Hunter #12 of the Virginia Cavaliers within the first half throughout a recreation at John Paul Jones Arena on February 9 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images