ESPN No. 2 ranked high school junior Zion Williamson said he is not skipping his senior year and reclassifying into the 2017 class.
With No. 1 soph R.J. Barrett already announcing that he is moving up to the 2018 class, and No. 1 junior Marvin Bagley seriously considering a similar move, there has been speculation that Williamson would also be reclassifying.
But the 6-8, 230-pound forward and YouTube dunking sensation shot down those rumors.
“I’m 100 percent not reclassifying,” Williamson told USA Today. “I’ve heard people say that I might do that, but what people don’t realize about me is that I’m young for my grade. The only way I could reclassify is to go down and I’m not gonna do that.”
“I still have a lot to work on and I want to enjoy my last high school season,” added Williamson. “Plus, I want to be a McDonald’s All-American and a Jordan Brand All-American; every high school player does, so I still have goals I want to accomplish.”
Williamson, an athletic marvel, poured in 28 points over the weekend to lead USA Red 2018 past USA Blue 2018 100-94 at the adidas Nations Global.
“Zion Williamson is a unique prospect,” Scout Evan Daniels told kentucky.com. “He’s obviously gifted and a physical freak, in terms of his athletic ability. I think he has the potential to be a really good rebounder. He’s versatile enough to play out on the perimeter, but he’s also really effective around the goal.”
Williamson averaged a whopping 36.8 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2.5 blocks a game this season for Spartanburg, guiding the team to their second straight SCISA 2A state championship.
In addition, he had a strong summer last year as he was selected MVP of the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA.
Williamson’s stock is so high right now that even superstar rapper Drake is a big fan and was seen rocking Williamson’s No. 12 Spartanburg jersey on social media.
The highly coveted big man has offers from blue chip schools such as Kansas, Louisville, UNC, and UCLA, but has also expressed interest in smaller programs such as Western Kentucky and Wofford College.
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