Zion Williamson has become one of the most popular and polarizing recruits in the class of 2018. He gets photos with Drake, dunks over everybody and doesn’t really have a position heading into college. He also appeared at a USA Basketball camp this weekend and did not check in with some of the best measurements.
ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported that Williamson checked in at 6-foot-5 barefoot — he’s listed on ESPN’s site as 6-foot-7 — and he apparently weighed in at a staggering 272 pounds. He was already a little thick, but he’s always been good at controlling his movements and just getting by defenders with a super quick first step.
While he might have some weight to lose, he still got glowing reviews from Givony (insider):
Williamson had an extremely productive camp overall; he was impossible to contain off the dribble for anyone in attendance. He has an elite first step with polished footwork, outstanding body control and the ability to navigate tight spaces smoothly that belies his thick frame. He changes gears powerfully, generates an incredible amount of force with his finishes, has incredible touch around the basket and is also more than willing to do the little things, such as crashing the offensive glass, making the extra pass and playing with a very high intensity level defensively. While his conditioning looks poor, he continued to play hard deep into the long days of practices long after most of his peers had decided to dial it back, despite the altitude of Colorado Springs.
For now, he is still the No. 2 recruit in the country behind R.J. Barrett in the class of 2018. He has offers from Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, UCLA, Duke and North Carolina among other big name schools.