DURHAM, NC – While the train "Quit Tryin ', Draft Zion" makes steam in the NBA, Duke superstar freshman Zion Williamson said he enjoys his ride in college.
Williamson, the 29 points in the No. 2 The 91-61 of Blue Devils have won on Saturday against St. John's. He said he could not imagine what the future would do for him, but he was in no hurry to make that happen.
"You think about it, but this is the only time I can go to college," Williamson said. "And even if I could have gone straight from high school [to the NBA]I would have come to college, I feel like college is something I could not miss."
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Williamson's performance – Saturday was his 10th game with 25 or more points this season, most of it ever by a duke freshman. He has received rave reviews from Boy Scouts, while his highlight reel dunks made him a name even before he came to Duke's campus.
The combination of skill and fame has made him unique, even in a sport involving talented one-and-done gamblers studying for a college scholarship.
"The world has changed in the last few years, and no one has brought in the exposure he brought," said coach Mike Krzyzewski. "He had one million, two million followers [on social media] before he ever came here, when did it happen, but it happens for him and we are so conspicuous that everything is scrutinized and his game is watched by everyone The thing about this kid is that he does not want all that attention and he handles it so well. "
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Williamson was alerted to a New York newspaper back-up after Saturday's game, which included a edited image of stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, as well as himself in Knicks jerseys, and even he could not help, but smile about the potential.
"I mean, it would be stupid to play with KD and Kyrie, but no matter which team draws me, I'll be willing to work hard and work," he said. Williamson.
He said he was grateful for fans who would like to see him play for their favorite NBA team, but he repeated several times that his time with Duke is something he appreciates.
Williamson's teammate, RJ Barrett, is also considered the top NBA spy and he largely repeated the comments.
"I try to stay where I am right now, and I enjoy winning with my brothers," said Barrett, who claims he does not watch TV and did not follow one of the NBA draft talks. "When the season is over, I'll think about everything else."