18 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Zion Williamson

The Duke sensation will likely be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Here are a bunch of facts you may not have known about Zion Williamson.

Zion Williamson

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Zion Williamson

The NBA Draft is just over a month away, and much remains to be decided. Picks will be traded. Some prospects’ stock will soar, while others’ will plummet. But one thing seems certain: Zion Williamson will be the No. 1 overall selection.

After a captivating high school career that included social media fame and three straight South Carolina state championships, the blue-blood recruit became a Blue Devils sensation—throwing down ferocious dunks, swatting away shots with callous disregard, putting up gaudy numbers that broke numerous records, and leading Duke to the Elite Eight. Oh, and generating endless sports talk fodder.

At this point, it probably feels like you know everything you could about Zion Williamson, the most hyped-up prospect in years. But do you? Here’s are 18 things you need to know about the future No. 1 pick.

1. He once bested LaMelo Ball in a crazy social-media-fueled showdown

Zion Williamson Oscar Robertson Trophy Presentation 2019 Closeup

2. He has athletic parents

Zion Williamson Commit Duke 2018

3. He came this close to going to Clemson

Zion Dunk Clemson 2019

4. Duke swooped in late to scoop Zion

Zion Williamson Duke Clemson 2 2019

5. He already has the respect of NBA players

Zion Williamson Dunk Contest 2018

6. He played AAU ball with Ja Morant

Ja Morant NCAA Tournament Dunk 2019

7. His growth spurt came between eighth grade and high school

Zion Williamson High School 2016

8. Destroying his sneaker vs. North Carolina caused Nike stock to drop by $1 billion

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9. He has insane marketing potential

Zion Williamson

10. His mom has been accused of accepting bribe money from Nike

Zion Williamson Mike Krzyzewski Duke Florida State 2019

11. CBS installed a ‘Zion Cam’ during the NCAA Tournament

Zion Williamson UCF Duke NCAA Tournament 2019

12. He had an opportunity to play college football

Zion Williamson Duke Va Tech 2019 NCAA Tournament

13. He's been preparing for basketball glory since he was 5

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14. He entered the national consciousness thanks to Instagram

Zion Williamson Duke Syracuse ACC Tournament 2019

15. His first and middle names both have spiritual origins

Zion Williamson Duke North Carolina Polo 1 2019

16. He became a better 3-point shooter

Zion Williamson 3 Point Shot Practice 2019

17. Recruiting sites had him ranked below teammates R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish

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18. The numbers predict his future will be bright in the NBA

Zion Williamson Duke Va Tech Polo 2019

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