Zion Williamson was offered an LSU football scholarship

Ruben Hill
November 17, 2018

Zion Williamson said one of the biggest reasons he came to Duke was that coach Mike Krzyzewski promised he would help the freshman carve out a niche beyond his established profile as a great dunker.

Eastern Michigan vs. Duke: The No. 1 Blue Devils put on a show in a dominating win over the Eagles, 84-46. Williamson poured in 21 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes on the floor, but his gravity-defying dunk midway through the first half absolutely rocked Cameron Indoor and stole the show. They joined Jabari Parker as the only Duke freshmen to post 20 points in each of their first three games.

Despite seeing limited action, Williamson scored 21 points and 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. While O'Connell and White added two threes each and have been shooting well thus far in the season, three-point shooting could be an issue for the Blue Devils in the future, especially if Reddish is unable to find the range.

Duke: Being No. 1 is nothing new for the Duke program - the Blue Devils started the two previous seasons in the top spot - but it's a new experience for these freshmen.

With Williamson looking unstoppable, Duke is one of the favorites to win March Madness next spring. The high school star was garnering millions of views from clips of him dunking on YouTube. In the era of social media, Williamson was an internet sensation before he signed with Duke.

Suffice it to say, Williamson - and his teammates - can dunk a little.

"It is insane", head coach Mike Krzyzewski added. "But more than how high he jumps is his incredible body control". Duke won the bidding war over in state SC and nearby North Carolina.

"I want to get super height, but I've got to get back on defense", Williamson said, laughing.

The One-and-Done rule will not be around much longer.

The hang time on Williamson's leap must be seen to be believed. Even though he's miles ahead of his peers on the skill level, he has a lot of off-the-court aspects of the professional life he has yet to master.

But Mateos still thinks about what the 6-foot-7, 285 pound Williamson could have done on a football field, especially with his leaping ability. "Unfortunately, he didn't seem to be too [interested]", Mateos said. He called Williamson a "rare specimen" and a "Julius Peppers-type freak".

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