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Tuesday / April 23.
  • LeBron watches as R.J., Zion and Duke hand Virginia second loss

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    LeBron James sat courtside along with several other current and former NBA stars to watch Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Duke play at Virginia on Saturday.

    Rajon Rondo and Grant Hill were also among those on hand as Barrett went for 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists and Williamson had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists as No. 2 Duke handed No. 3 Virginia its second loss of the season, 81-71. Duke made 13-of-21 (62 percent) from deep, with Barrett going 6-of-10.

    Duke’s win came on the same day the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee projected the Blue Devils the No. 1 overall seed in the Big Dance.

    The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson is the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, and has helped trigger the “Zion Effect,” where Duke home and road tickets are selling at an all-time high.

    The Knicks (10-44) currently own the NBA’s worst record and Knicks fans are dreaming of adding Zion, potentially along with free agents like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

    The 6-7 Barrett is the projected No. 2 pick.

    Duke could be the second team in 50 years to have three-Top 10 picks in Williamson, Barrett and Cam Reddish, who went for 17 points and 3 assists.

    Duke now plays three of its next five against ranked opponents.

     

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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.