Duke Forward Zion Williamson Declares for 2019 NBA Draft

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Duke Blue Devils star freshman Zion Williams shocked absolutely nobody on Monday when he announced that he will be taking his talents to the National Basketball Association.

Zion Williamson of the Duke Blue Devils speaks during a press conference after being awarded the AP Player of the Year award prior to the 2019 NCAA men's Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 5, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The power forward averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest while shooting 68.0 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 64.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The projected No. 1 overall pick called his freshman year, "the best year of (his) life".

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With Williamson officially declaring, Duke will have to prove it can repeat this season's success with a vastly different cast of characters next season. Barrett and Cam Reddish in the NBA Draft, as the fourth freshman, Tre Jones, announced that he will be returning to Duke for his sophomore season.

While Williamson is expected to be taken with the No. 1 overall pick, he doesn't know where he'll be playing next season.

The New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns all have a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick to lead the lottery odds.

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