Duke Basketball: What the addition of Zion Williamson means


A commitment from Zion Williamson would be Clemson's first five-star pledge in nine years. AP

Along with Williamson, Duke also has the three other top-10 recruits in the nation signed.

But Zion Williamson, the Spartanburg, S.C., dunk machine who ranks as 24/7's No. 3 recruit in the class of 2018, does less to fill a need for Duke and more to satisfy a want. I feel like going to Duke University I can learn a lot from him in my time there. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay updated with the latest news and exclusive giveaways!

The basketball community has plenty of debates about how Williamson's NBA stock will play out and how his intriguing skill level will be used at the college level. The Gamecocks would be adding the 6-foot-6, 272-pound Williamson with Chris Silva and Maik Kotsar, a couple three-year starters.

What position will Williamson play? Since Williamson has been battling injuries for his senior season, he hasn't been at his best basketball shape all season.

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"He's a good rebounder and ballhandler who excels at taking the ball off the glass to start the break and has a quick first step for his size in the half-court with the ability to attack both sides off the dribble".

In recent years, Duke and Kentucky have led the way when it comes to recruiting talented players who are projected to spend no more than one year in college. Williamson announced his collegiate choice on his mother's birthday. But North Carolina landed grad transfer Cam Johnson to fill the spot vacated by Justin Jackson and Duke ended up with the reclassified Marvin Bagley III. Williamson's stepfather, Lee Anderson, also played at Clemson, which is less than 100 miles from their home in Spartanburg.

But everybody wanted him for obvious reasons.

Williamson represents one of the most exciting players in all of high school basketball.

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