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Friday / April 19.
  • Nearly 600 media members are credentialed to see Zion and Duke in NCAA Tournament

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Nearly 600 media members — 575 to be exact — are credentialed for the Columbia, S.C. site of the NCAA Tournament this week.

    That just happens to be where Zion Williamson and Duke, the No. 1 seed overall and the No. 1 seed in the East, will play their first game on Thursday.

    It’s safe to assume that not all of these media folks — myself included — will have seats. And one can only imagine how hectic and wild the press conference and locker room scenes are going to be.

    Everybody wants to see and report on Zion and his fellow freshmen as they play in their first NCAA Tournament games. Zion’s next loss would be his final college game since he’s the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.

    Oh, and he’s from South Carolina so there’s that added element.

    Duke is a 9/4 favorite to cut down the nets in Minneapolis on April 8, per Betonline.ag.

    Williamson is on track to become just the second freshman after Kentucky’s Anthony Davis to win both the Naismith Award and become the No. 1 pick. Davis also won an NCAA title in his lone  year at Kentucky.

    Once he goes pro, some have speculated that Williamson could ultimately earn $1 billion on and off the court in his career.

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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.