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Wednesday / January 17.
  • Zion Williamson drops 36 in ESPN game, set to announce Jan. 20th

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    After missing about a month and a half with a deep bone bruise in his foot, Zion Williamson came back with a vengeance on Saturday night.

    The 6-foot-6, 270-pound power forward went off for 36 points as Spartanburg Day (S.C.) lost to Chino Hills, 70-64, in a Hoophall Classic game shown nationally on ESPN. It was just his second game back following a game on Thursday.

    Uncommitted senior big man Onyeka Okongwu tallied 35 points and 14 rebounds for Chino Hills before fouling out in the final seconds. He is considering USC, UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and Kansas.

    Williamson will announce his college choice Jan. 20 in the gym at Spartanburg Day and is considering Clemson, South Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina.

    “The last time I checked, my recruitment was still wide open, but yeah — I’m still considering everybody, just listening to their final messages and what they have to tell me,” he told postandcourier.com.

    Clemson and Kentucky are the perceived favorites, although South Carolina recently added former Louisville wing Brian Bowen with the aim of attracting Williamson, whose stepfather, Lee Anderson. played at Clemson.

    Williamson is the projected No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft per ESPN.com behind Duke-bound wing R.J. Barrett, who led unbeaten Montverde (FL) Academy to a 62-60 win over Simeon Academy (IL) earlier Saturday.

    Asked by ESPN if he would abolish the one-and-done rule if he could, Williamson said, “Yes, sir.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.