Zion Williamson: ‘I hate being classified as a dunker’

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 11, 2019

Williamson added 10 rebounds and five assists.

R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, and the birthday boy Tre Jones will take over this game and the Blue Devils will cruise into the showdown on Saturday with the Seminoles. Aside from their loss to Gonzaga - their third game in as many days in Maui - head coach Mike Krzyzewski's team has been fantastic. I can't play to impress other people.

The high-flying Williamson was 13 of 16 from the field with three 3-pointers - he entered with four all season - in surpassing the 28 points he scored in his debut against No. 2 Kentucky.

Duke: There might have been a concern about how the highly touted freshmen would handle their first game on an opponent's home floor - especially considering the Blue Devils had lost six of their last nine ACC road openers.

Zion Williamson describes people thinking of him only as a dunker and focuses on getting better as a player. "But after I shot that one over the rim, they were like, 'Z, shoot another one, ' and I got it right back and made it".

Freshman forward Jaylen Hoard (13 points) paced the Demon Deacons (7-7, 0-2 ACC).

"That size, the athleticism, he's a really well-put-together young man", Manning said.

"I have confidence in Zion doing everything". "If I don't, there's something wrong with me".

How complete? According to ESPN Stats & Info, Williamson is the only Division I player in the past 20 years to post a line with 30 points, 10 boards, 5 assists, 4 steals and 80 percent shooting from the field. Ben Simmons, who went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft, is the only other Division I freshman to post a 30-10-5-4 line. "It was at the last second, I said 'I'm wide open, why not?'" "You guys were able to see that tonight".

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