Duke star Zion Williamson declares for 2019 NBA Draft

Ross Houston
April 17, 2019

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

In 33 games for Duke this season, Zion Williamson was a man among boys.

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.

Williamson called it the "best year of his life", while thanking all the usual suspects (family, Coach K, teammates) for their support in his successful freshman campaign at Duke. Barrett and Cam Reddish in the NBA Draft, as the fourth freshman, Tre Jones, announced that he will be returning to Duke for his sophomore season.

While Williamson is expected to be taken with the No. 1 overall pick, he doesn't know where he'll be playing next season.

We won't be learning of his future National Basketball Association team for another month or so, with the draft lottery set to take place in mid-May.

The New York Knicks (17-65), Phoenix Suns (19-63) and Cleveland Cavaliers (19-63) have the best odds to win the lottery and get the No. 1 pick, with the Chicago Bulls (22-60) and carrying the next best chance.

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