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Zion Williamson scouting report: Strengths, weaknesses and predictions

Zion Williamson soars through the air during his high school years

Here's why your favorite college program wants Spartanburg Day senior Zion Williamson to pick them
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Here's why your favorite college program wants Spartanburg Day senior Zion Williamson to pick them

A scouting report on Zion Williamson, who will announce his college decision on Saturday:

Basics

Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 275 pounds

Position: Combo forward

School: Spartanburg Day School

College finalists: Clemson, South Carolina, Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky

Recruiting ranking: No. 3 player in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings

Key stats: 37.0 points and 16.5 rebounds per game as a senior

Compared to: Julius Randle, Anthony Bennett, Shabazz Muhammad and Miles Bridges

Spartanburg Day senior Zion Williamson said he is looking forward to make his college choice next week.

Pros

Physical, great leaper and great attitude

Spartanburg Day coach Lee Sartor:

“He’s always been the best player on the court whether he’s been in the top 100 camp or USA Basketball Camp. I think he’s the best player in the country. I’m looking for him to be amazing in college because he’ll be able to play with some people up to his level, and I think the world will be able to see just how good and how gifted he is.

“I always say every player starts somewhere. Even LeBron had to start somewhere. But even at a young age, Zion’s basketball IQ was amazing. He wasn’t physically like he is now, but he was a great player, an unselfish player.”

Cons

Hasn’t always played against top-level competition, might have weight to lose and hasn’t shown ability to shoot from outside

Sartor says:

“Well, you’re going to have people who are going to admire what you do, and you’re going to have critics. That’s the way it is. That’s the way the world turns. The thing I tell people to that is, ‘Until you see him play, until you actually play against him, you really don’t know how good he is.’ ”

Spartanburg Day phenom Zion Williamson discusses his performance against Asheville Christian, his first game in almost two months.

The Picks

Eric Bossi, Rivals recruiting analyst:

“Zion and his family haven’t said a lot, but from talking to sources around the industry, in coaching and in grassroots basketball, the feel is that distance from home and ability to have a primary role early on are huge factors and that Clemson best fits those requirements. So, I’ll say Clemson, but it’s not the most confident prediction that I’ve ever met.”

Corey Evans, Rivals recruiting analyst:

“Zion has never been a follower. He has always done things his way and has deep pride for his state and where he is from. Sure, he loves the idea playing for a blue blood, but I think he has always wanted to be his own man and create something special on his own terms. Seeing that Clemson is nearby and his step-father played there does not hurt the cause. The Tigers are enjoying their best year in a decade so it’s not like he is walking into a cupboard bare of talent. It’s a meeting of perfect circumstances for Brad Brownell. Zion goes to Clemson.”

Five-star recruit Zion Williamson scored 31 points in his first game back since Nov. 21.

How to watch

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Spartanburg Day School

TV: ESPN

Fans: The public is invited to attend.

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