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Zion Williamson recaps Duke, Kentucky visits, headed to UNC this weekend
Zion Williamson, the No. 2 ranked player in 2018 per ESPN.com, will visit North Carolina on an official visit this weekend instead of UCLA.
“I’m headed to North Carolina this weekend so I’m looking forward to that,” he wrote in his new USA Today blog.
As first reported here Monday, the 6-foot-5 Williamson is no longer considering UCLA and won’t take his scheduled visit there this weekend.
UCLA will still host 7-foot-2 Archbishop Molloy center Moses Brown and 6-1 Brentwood (TN) Academy point guard Darius Garland this weekend. Brown visited Florida State this past weekend, while Garland was at Indiana. UCLA, meantime, hosted 2018 bigs Jordan Brown and Kenny Nwuba.
Williamson is coming off back-to-back official visits to Duke and Kentucky the last two weekends.
Williamson visited Duke along with Class of 2019 guys Matthew Hurt, Joey Baker and Armando Bacon.
“The Cameron Crazies showed me a lot of love and, at one point, they started chanting that they wanted me to come sit with them and Coach K let me go over there and they went wild,” he wrote.
“That was a lot of fun.
“I got a chance to talk to Coach K the next day at dinner with my family and the whole staff and we had a great talk.
“He told me that I have one of the biggest brands of for a high school player that he’s seen in a while and that he could continue to help me enhance it and build it. He had so much advice to offer me and was talking to me about how he’d help me reach my goals to a level I never even thought about.
“It was great; I would give the Duke visit an 8 out of 10 also.”
On the Kentucky visit for “Big Blue Madness,” he tripped along with 2018 guys Bol Bol and Darius Garland.
“I started my visit on a Friday and we had breakfast at the hotel with Coach (John) Cal then we went and met with the academic advisor so that was cool.
“We toured the facility and I really liked getting the chance to watch the team practice. The thing that stuck out to me was that everything is built around going hard all the time. With so many freshmen out there, Coach Cal was showing them that they have to play hard every possession.
“Later that night was Big Blue Madness and one of my favorite parts was the player introductions. They came out from behind the stage and had the big screens and they were doing their dances and everything!
“It was fun.
“Of course everyone knows that Drake was there and it was dope! That’s my guy!”
Kansas, South Carolina and Clemson remain in play for Williamson, who said he hopes to sign early but will only do so if he knows where he wants to go.
“I know Signing Day is next month, and, hey, if I’m ready I’ll definitely sign. But I don’t want to feel rushed by a date so I’m just seeing how everything goes,” he wrote.
“My heart has to tell me which school I am supposed to be at.
“It’s always funny when I read different things from sports writers that think they have me all figured out and know who I’m gonna choose. I don’t even know that yet! Haha!
“I’m just gonna continue to enjoy the process and keep them guessing until it’s time to decide
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.