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  • Zion Williamson talks upcoming visits, recruiting timeline

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    Zion Williamson, the No. 2 ranked player in 2018 per ESPN.com, will visit Kentucky, Duke and UCLA across the next three weeks following his appearance this weekend at the USA Basketball minicamp in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Still, Williamson says not to count out home state schools Clemson or South Carolina in his recruitment.

    “No, you should not count out Clemson or South Carolina,” Williamson told Krysten Peek of Rivals.com in Colorado. “They’re showing me a lot of love and I like the messages they’re giving me.”

    He has already visited Clemson, where his stepfather Lee Anderson played.

    “I might take an official to one of those,” he said of the South Carolina schools.

    Williamson has already visited Kansas for “Late Night in the Phog.”

    “That was everything I thought it was going to be and more,” he said. “The fans showed a lot of love.”

    Williamson said he also “had a morning workout there just to keep my body in shape.”

    Kansas sees Williamson playing a Josh Jackson-type role at the Big 12 school.

    “They have two bigs committed there so far,” he said, referring to David McCormack and Silvio de Sousa. “So if I was to commit there I would play like one through three, kind of like a Josh Jackson-type, just kind of playing everywhere. So that’s been there message to me.”

    For the weekend of Oct. 13, Williamson will trip to Kentucky for “Big Blue Madness” along with Brentwood (TN) Academy point guard Darius Garland and Mater Dei (CA) big man Bol Bol, who is now down to Kentucky and Oregon.

    Class of 2019 star James Wiseman will also be on hand for “Big Blue Madness.”

    “My bro Immanuel Quickley already committed there,” Williamson said of Kentucky. “He’s trying to get him to come to Kentucky with him. So yeah I’m really psyched about it.”

    Williamson will then visit Duke Oct. 20. He also had an in-home visit with head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

    “Coach K speaks for himself,” he said. “Legendary coach, he can talk about anything for an hour or so and all you can do is sit there and listen.”

    Duke commits Tre Jones and Cam Reddish are also in Williamson’s ear in Colorado.

    “Yeah, me and Tre and Cam have been talking ever since they committed and they’re giving me their pitch to Duke so we’re trying to build that chemistry,” he said.

    After Duke, Williamson will visit UCLA Oct. 27 along with Moses Brown and Darius Garland.

    “They were always there,” he said of UCLA. “I guess people just didn’t think I would even think about them due to how far they were.”

    He added: “L.A., I want to meet the players, see their play style and just build a better relationship with the coaches.”

    As for a decision timeline, he told Rivals, “Late November, early December but if it doesn’t feel right then probably longer.”



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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.

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