College sports are filled with raw talent that could translate into different sports with the right coaching, and the best example of that is Duke Blue Devils freshman Zion Williamson. At 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds, the 18-year-old phenom is becoming a nationally recognized sensation for his athletic ability paired with incredible physical size.
While he’s taking over college basketball with his massive frame and high-flying highlights, there’s no doubting that Zion is going to be a play in the NBA next season. If he wanted though, Zion could put basketball on the shelf and turn to football because he has an absolute cannon for an arm.
Touted as “probably the best damn tight end to ever live” by former LSU tight ends coach Eric Mateos, Williamson was reportedly offered a football scholarship to play for coach Ed Orgeron in Baton Rouge.
“Honestly, I just thought it would be really fun and would be good exposure for LSU if we offered him for football. Unfortunately, he didn’t seem to be too [interested],” Mateos said. “Coach O said go recruit the best athletes in the country, and that’s what I tried to do.”
While he didn’t end up as a college football player, the rare specimen with incredible leaping ability also has another skill off the basketball court — This kid has an absolute cannon for a left arm.
Thanks to a video that surfaced from ESPN College GameDay, Zion’s arm is good for more than throwing down fast-break dunks — this kid is an athlete unlike anything we’ve ever seen at his age. Also, he can apparently throw a football really, really far.
Joining highly-touted freshman R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish, the Duke Blue Devils are the No. 1 ranked team in college basketball through their undefeated start to the regular season, which included a 118-84 romp over the then-No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats in their opener.
Zion’s stardom may now be on full display at Duke, but his incredible highlights started long before he splashed into Division I basketball.
Playing for Spartanburg Day School, Zion led the Griffins to three-straight South Carolina Class AA State Championships, averaged 36.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game in high school, and was named a McDonald’s All-American as a senior.
Oh, he also did things like bury between-the-leg dunks DURING high school games…
Now under the tutelage of legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who coached the USA men’s basketball team to three-straight Olympic gold medals, Zion Williamson has all the tools, and plenty of God-given talent, to become the No. 1 overall pick in next spring’s NBA Draft. Plus, he’s sitting on a really good shot at bringing another NCAA National Championship home to Durham, North Carolina.
If nothing else, Zion’s going to keep Cameron Indoor Stadium shaking with ever massive dunk he throws down this season.