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1 - Zion Williamson

Duke 

  • Birthday: 7/6/00
  • NBA Position: Power Forward
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-6
  • Wt: 280
  • Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
  • High School: Spartanburg Day
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Overall

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2019
Mock:  3

NBA Comparison: Rodney Rogers

Strengths: 6’6 explosive forward … Good length with a 6’10.5 wingspan and 8’7 standing reach … Outlier athlete with his insanely explosive leaping ability ... His body type and ability to jump defy physics... Can pop off the ground quickly off one or two feet ... Doesn’t need a gather to jump, can explode from a standstill ... Can take off from a long ways away from the rim off two feet and finish with a highlight dunk ... Finishes jams with either hand. Great transition finisher ... Tremendous body control and hang time ... Quick first step … High level competitor who seems to raise his intensity level above opponents and outquick them on plays around the basket ... Dangerous scorer from midrange and around the rim ... Good touch on jump hook/floater at different angles and heights, which he gets off in heavy traffic ... Shoots efficiently from the floor. Shot 82.1% (23-28) at adidas Nations in 2016 and 64.5% in 2017 while finishing second in scoring with 22.5 points per game ... Led the adidas Gauntlet in scoring with 27.1 points per game while shooting 56.2% from the floor … Aggressive mindset … Good strength, overpowers other perimeter players. Doesn’t shy away from physicality. Handles contact well, can absorb while still elevating to get off a clean and accurate shot. Rare combination of power and finesse … Effective spin move in traffic … Draws a lot of fouls. Shot 8.9 free throws per game over the adidas Gauntlet and 8.5 per game at adidas Nations … Despite the criticism of his competition throughout his high school career, he’s able to step up and play well against bigger and better competition without being behind the curve ... Had great showings when facing top players: NBPA Top 100, adidas Nations, USA, etc. … Good rebounder ... Led adidas Gauntlet with 11.3 per game and finished top five at adidas Nations with 7.2 per game … Sees the floor well and has solid passing ability ... Unselfish and can pass on the move … Good tools, athleticism, and anticipation/timing as a defender on and off the ball. Averaged 2.3 steals and 1.9 blocks per game over the adidas Gauntlet … Started to show emphasis on getting into shape and improving conditioning. Weighed 272 pounds at the USA Basketball Minicamp and noticeably lost weight, getting down to 250 pounds … Younger for his class, will turn 18 in July going into his freshman year of college … Has done a solid job of toning his excess weight (butt) over the past year, but still has constant work on it ...

Weaknesses: Although he hasn’t needed it at the high school level, he needs a more expanded half-court game as it will be predictable moving forward ... Often resorts to bully ball ... Struggles against a set defense ... May struggle against help defense at the highest level as he does a good job of getting into his defenders chest and clearing space ... Reading the game as a perimeter player will be an adjustment at the next levels ... A bit of a tweener as he lacks the perimeter game of a three and ideal size of a four … While he shows solid shooting mechanics, he doesn’t show much shooting or perimeter skills ... Shot could use more arc and he lacks the reps at game speed/pressure ... Doesn;t seem to develop much rhythm in space on the perimeter, and seems to have more success and balance on shots with contact ... Missed his only two three-point attempts at adidas Nations over six games ... Shot 19.2% (5-26) from three and 62.9% from the free throw line over the adidas Gauntlet … Finished with a negative assist/turnover ratio with 1.9/2.3 over the adidas Gauntlet … Injury concerns persist due to his thick legs and the extreme amount of stress his incredible leaping ability puts on his lower body (knees, ankles and feet) ... Any injury could be detrimental as his weight could be affected by extended time off the floor ...

Outlook: Incoming Duke freshman … Played in the McDonald’s All-American Game … Named to the Jordan Brand Classic … Named to the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit but sustained an injury a week earlier to his thumb preventing him from playing in the game. Attended the Hoop Summit to support his teammates … Led Spartanburg Day to three consecutive state titles ... Averaged 36.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game his senior year … A YouTube sensation and one of the biggest names in high school basketball … Among the eliteprospects of the 2018 high school class … MVP of adidas Nations with 28 points and ten rebounds in the championship game … MVP of the Under Armour Elite 24 in 2016 with 23 points and shooting 10-10 from the floor … Has drawn comparisons to Charles Barkley due to his dimensions, explosiveness and playing style ...

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