Zion Williamson has made his share of headlines this season with highlight-reel dunks, but he said after Duke’s 87-65 win that he’s glad he got to show off the rest of his skill set.
“Coach [Mike Krzyzewski] wouldn’t have recruited me if I was just a dunker. But I guess people on the outside don’t understand that. I can’t play to impress other people. I’m playing to get better for myself and my teammates and hopefully make a run for a national championship.”
Williamson made his case against the Demon Deacons. His 30 points were a career high, and it marked the 11th 25-point game by a Duke freshman this season, tying the Blue Devils’ total from last season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
But in addition to the scoring, Williamson had 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and a blocked shot, while dominating the paint on both ends of the court.
Williamson also sank three 3-pointers, nearly matching his season total of four entering play.
“Coach is always telling me to shoot the ball, but if it’s not falling, then I’m not going to,” said Williamson, who air-balled his first shot from 3. “But after I shot that one over the rim, they were like, ‘Z, shoot another one,’ and I got it right back and made it. I think my confidence from 3 is getting a lot better.”
— Brian Hall (@bhallwfmy) January 9, 2019
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Williamson is the only Division I player in the past 20 years to post a line with 30 points, 10 boards, 5 assists, 4 steals and 80 percent shooting from the field.
Ben Simmons, who went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, is the only other Division I freshman to post a 30-10-5-4 line.
Zion is more than a dunker, but his dunks are ridiculous.
Especially this one.
— FLEE TV ™ (@FLEESPORTS) January 6, 2019
Check out his recruiting video to see all of Zion’s skills.
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