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Duke’s Zion Williamson declares for the NBA Draft

17 April 2019

The inevitable has come true and it's time for those dreamers and believers to face the reality, Zion Williamson will no longer be a Duke Blue Devil as he has officially declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.

The high-flyer is widely expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.

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Per Sports-Reference, Williamson is the third player in its database to post at least 20 points per game and 65 percent shooting from the field, joining Michael Beasley and Blake Griffin.

And that it was, the 6-foot-7 forward averaging 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists over 33 games that included an ACC Championship and NCAA tournament disappointment, with the Blue Devils bowing out to Michigan State in the Elite 8.

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Williamson was the AP Player of the Year, Naismith Award victor and Wooden Award victor among his many accolades this season.

The projected No. 1 overall pick called his freshman year, "the best year of (his) life". R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and Williamson have all declared for the National Basketball Association draft, and are expected to be selected early.

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The NBA Draft Lottery is just less than a month away (May 14) and the draft will take place in June. The New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns have the best shot, each with a 14% chance.

Duke’s Zion Williamson declares for the NBA Draft