Zion Williamson finally found someone who can cover him.
The Spartanburg Day rising senior guard/forward is featured on the cover of the latest SLAM Magazine, a basketball publication that was founded in 1994.
Williamson’s cover is the eighth featuring a high school player in the magazine’s history. He is just the third high school player singled out as a feature. The previous feature covers include LeBron James and Sebastian Telfair (Aug. 2002); LeBron James (Aug. 2003); Shaun Livingston, Al Jefferson, Marvin Williams, Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and Telfair (Aug. 2004); Greg Oden (July 2006); John Wall and Lance Stephenson (June 2009); Michael Kidd Gilchrist, Austin Rivers and Anthony Davis (July 2011); and Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins (May 2013).
The SLAM article chronicles Williamson’s rise to stardom and includes photographs of him taken in downtown Spartanburg and signing an autograph, as well as rap artist Drake wearing Williamson’s high school jersey.
Williamson is currently competing with the Adidas Uprising National Team in Italy and was unavailable for comment. Spartanburg Day coach Lee Sartor said that Williamson’s cover is a positive for the entire area.
“It’s good for everyone,” he said. “It’s good for the team, coaching staff, his teammates, Spartanburg Day School, for Zion, the community and the state.”
Williamson was named the SCISA Region I-2A Player of the Year, CBS MaxPreps first-team All-American and to the All-USA first-team last year. He averaged 36.8 points, 13 rebounds, 3.2 assists, three steals and 2.5 blocks per game to lead the Griffins to their second straight SCISA 2A state championship. He scored a game-high 51 points in a 76-51 win against Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach in the title game.
Sartor said that the national exposure speaks volumes for Williamson.
“It says a lot about what the basketball world thinks of him and the expectations they have of him,” he said. “It says a lot about the city of Spartanburg embracing him. While he was taking pictures, people were coming up to him wanting selfies and autographs. He’s doing something great for the community, and the community is embracing him. He still remains humble and has his priorities straight. It’s great to see and especially great to see how he handles it.”
Zion Williamson is featured on the cover of this month's edition of SLAM Magazine. It's the eighth time the magazine has featured a high school player on its cover:
▪ August 2002: LeBron James and Sebastian Telfair
▪ August 2003: LeBron James
▪ August 2004: Shaun Livingston, Al Jefferson, Marvin Williams, Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and Telfair
▪ July 2006: Greg Oden
▪ June 2009: John Wall and Lance Stephenson
▪ July 2011: Michael Kidd Gilchrist, Austin Rivers and Anthony Davis
▪ May 2013: Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins
▪ June 2017: Zion Williamson