Zion Williamson

Zion Lateef Williamson (born July 6, 2000) is an American college basketball player for the Duke Blue Devils of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Listed at 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) and 285 pounds (129 kg), he plays the small forward and power forward positions. According to many sports analysts, he is projected to be the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.[1][2][3][4]

Born in Salisbury, North Carolina, Williamson attended Spartanburg Day School, where he was a consensus five-star recruit and was ranked among the top five players in the 2018 class. He led his team to three straight state championships and earned South Carolina Mr. Basketball recognition in his senior season. Williamson also left high school as a McDonald's All-American, runner-up for Mr. Basketball USA, and USA Today All-USA first team honoree. In high school, he drew national attention for his slam dunks.

In his freshman season with Duke, Williamson was named ACC Player of the Year and ACC Rookie of the Year. He set the single-game school scoring record for freshmen in January 2019, claimed ACC Rookie of the Week accolades five times, earned AP Player of the Year, Sporting News College Player of the Year recognition, and won the Wayman Tisdale Award.

Zion Williamson
Zion Williamson Duke (cropped)
Williamson in December 2018
No. 1 – Duke Blue Devils
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
LeagueAtlantic Coast Conference
Personal information
BornJuly 6, 2000 (age 18)
Salisbury, North Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High schoolSpartanburg
(Spartanburg, South Carolina)
CollegeDuke (2018–present)
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Before starting basketball, Williamson played soccer and the quarterback position in football.[5] When he was five years old, he set sights on becoming a college basketball star. At age nine, Williamson began waking up every morning at 5 a.m. to train.[6] He competed in youth leagues with his mother Sharonda Sampson coaching and played for the Sumter Falcons on the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit, facing opponents four years older than him.[7] Williamson later began working with his stepfather, former college basketball player Lee Anderson, to improve his skills as a point guard.[6] He joined the basketball team at Johnakin Middle School in Marion, South Carolina, where he was again coached by his mother and averaged 20 points per game. In middle school, Williamson was a point guard and lost only three games in two years.[6] In 2013, he guided Johnakin to an 8–1 record and a conference title.[8]

High school career

Freshman and sophomore seasons

Williamson attended Spartanburg Day School, a small K–12 private school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he played basketball for the Griffins.[5] Between eighth and ninth grade, he grew from 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) to 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m).[7] In the summer leading up to his first season, Williamson practiced in the school gym and developed the ability to dunk.[9] At the time, he competed for the South Carolina Hornets AAU team as well, where he was teammates with Ja Morant.[10] As a freshman, Williamson averaged 24.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 3.3 steals and 3.0 blocks, earning All-State and All-Region honors.[11] He also led Spartanburg Day to a South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) state championship game appearance.[12] In March 2015, Williamson took part in the SCISA North-South All-Star Game in Sumter, South Carolina.[13] By his second year in high school, he stood 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m).[12] In his sophomore season, Williamson averaged 28.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.9 blocks, and 2.7 steals per game and was named SCISA Region I-2A Player of the Year.[14] He led the Griffins to their first SCISA Region I-2A title in program history.[5] In June 2016, Williamson participated in the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Top 100 camp and was its leading scorer.[15] In August, he won the Under Armour Elite 24 showcase dunk contest in New York City.[16]

Junior season

As a junior, Williamson averaged 36.8 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2.5 blocks per game.[17] Entering the season, he was among 50 players selected to the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award watch list.[18] Starting in the 2016–17 season, Williamson was propelled into the national spotlight for his viral highlight videos.[19] He made his season debut on November 15, 2016, recording 42 points and 16 rebounds in a win over Cardinal Newman High School.[20] In the same month, his highlights drew the praise of NBA player Stephen Curry.[21] On November 24, Williamson erupted for 50 points, including 10 dunks, along with 16 rebounds and 5 blocks versus Proviso East High School at the Tournament of Champions.[22][23] In a 73–53 victory over Gray Collegiate Academy at the Chick-fil-A Classic on December 21, he posted a tournament-record 53 points and 16 rebounds, shooting 25-of-28 from the field.[24] On December 30, Williamson recorded 31 points and 14 rebounds to win most valuable player (MVP) at the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic.[25] On January 15, 2017, he received nationwide publicity after rapper Drake wore his jersey in an Instagram post.[26]

Williamson surpassed the 2,000-point barrier on January 20, when he tallied 48 points against Oakbrook Preparatory School.[27] On February 14, he led Spartanburg Day past Oakbrook Prep for their first SCISA Region I-2A title, chipping in a game-high 37 points in a 105–49 rout. Williamson broke the state record for most 30-point games in a season, with 27 by the end of the regular season.[28] He repeated as SCISA Region I-2A Player of the Year.[17] High school sports website MaxPreps named him National Junior of the Year and to the High School All-American first team, while USA Today High School Sports gave him All-USA first team recognition.[29][30][31] On April 22, 2017, Williamson recorded 26 points and 7 rebounds for his AAU team SC Supreme in a loss to highly touted recruit Romeo Langford and Twenty Two Vision at an Adidas Gauntlet tournament.[32] In June, he appeared on the cover of basketball magazine Slam.[33] Williamson, in a highly publicized AAU game on July 27, scored 28 points and led SC Supreme to a 104–92 win over 2019 class recruit LaMelo Ball and Big Ballers at the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships.[34] In August, he was named MVP of the 2017 Adidas Nations camp after averaging 22.5 points and 7.2 rebounds through 6 games.[35]

Senior season

In his senior season, Williamson averaged 36.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.[36] He debuted on November 15, 2017, erupting for 46 points and 15 rebounds in a 70–62 loss to Christ School.[37] In his home opener on November 21, he recorded 29 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Griffins to a 70–55 win over Hammond School.[38] In the game, Williamson bruised his left foot, which sidelined him for over a month.[39] While recovering, he commented, "It's really been a time to grow mentally."[40] Williamson made his return from the injury on January 11, 2018, scoring 31 points in a 71–62 victory over Asheville Christian Academy.[41] On January 13, in a nationally televised game at the Hoophall Classic, he scored 36 points as his team lost to Chino Hills High School.[42] Williamson tallied 30 points and 13 rebounds in his final home game on February 8, a 58–54 win over Greensboro Day School.[43] On February 17, he posted 37 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 steals, while scoring his 3,000th career point, versus Spartanburg Christian Academy at the SCISA Region I-2A tournament.[44] One week later, Williamson guided Spartanburg Day to its third consecutive SCISA Region I-2A championship after recording 38 points against Trinity Collegiate School.[45]

On March 28, Williamson played in the 2018 McDonald's All-American Game, where he scored 8 points in 17 minutes before leaving with a thumb injury.[46][47] The injury also forced him to miss the Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit in the following month.[48] For his 2017–18 high school season, Williamson was named to the USA Today All-USA first team and MaxPreps All-American second team.[49][50] He additionally earned South Carolina Mr. Basketball recognition and was runner-up for Mr. Basketball USA.[51][52]

Recruiting

When Williamson was a freshman in high school, Wofford gave him his first basketball scholarship offer.[53] In the summer of 2015, with the South Carolina Hornets AAU team, he emerged as one of the top players in his class.[54] By the end of his sophomore season, he held offers from 16 NCAA Division I programs, including Clemson, Florida, and South Carolina, but was not planning on making a decision until his senior year.[14] In the summer of 2016, Williamson was drawing the most attention from Clemson, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina.[55] On August 30, 2016, he received a scholarship offer from Duke.[56] Williamson was also offered a football scholarship by Eric Mateos, tight ends coach for LSU, but did not show interest.[57] Entering his junior season, he was a consensus five-star recruit and was ranked the number one player in the 2018 class by recruiting service 247Sports.[58] In December 2016, ESPN recruiting director Paul Biancardi touted Williamson as "probably the best player in terms of production" in his class.[6] By 2018, most recruiting experts predicted that he would join Clemson.[59]

On January 20, 2018, in a live telecast on ESPN, Williamson committed to Duke, with his other top choices being Clemson, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina.[60][61] He explained the decision, "Duke stood out because the brotherhood represents a family. (Mike Krzyzewski) is just the most legendary coach that ever coached college basketball. I feel like going to Duke University, I can learn a lot from him."[61] Duke, who had landed R. J. Barrett and Cam Reddish in addition to Williamson, became the first team to land the top three recruits in a class since modern recruiting rankings began.[62] His stepfather Lee Anderson remarked that Clemson lost a "mile-and-a-half lead" in recruiting Williamson.[63]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Zion Williamson
PF
Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Day School (SC) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 272 lb (123 kg) Jan 20, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
5 stars
   247Sports:
5 stars
   ESPN:
5 stars
   ESPN grade: 96
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 5  247Sports: 7  ESPN: 2
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Duke 2018 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  • "2018 Duke Blue Devils Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 14, 2018.

College career

RJ Barrett & Zion Williamson - Keenan Hairston (cropped) 3
Williamson (right) celebrates with teammate R. J. Barrett (left) in 2018.

Williamson made his preseason debut for Duke on August 15, 2018, in an 86–67 win over Canadian university Ryerson, recording a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds and shooting 3-of-4 from three-point range.[64] He was named to the preseason watch lists for the Karl Malone Award, Naismith Trophy, and John R. Wooden Award.[65][66][67] On November 6, in his first regular season game with Duke, Williamson scored 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting in 23 minutes in a 118–84 win over Kentucky at the Champions Classic.[68] In the game, he and teammate R. J. Barrett each broke the Duke freshman debut scoring record set by Marvin Bagley III.[69] In his following game, a 94–72 victory over Army, Williamson tallied 27 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 blocks.[70] He became the second player in school history to record at least 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks in a game.[71] Williamson was subsequently named both player and freshman of the week in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).[71]

On January 5, 2019, he had another strong performance versus Clemson, with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and a 360-degree dunk in 22 minutes.[72] Two days later, Williamson earned ACC Freshman of the Week honors for a second time.[73] On January 8, he posted 30 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals in an 87–65 win over Wake Forest.[74] On January 12, against Florida State, he was poked in the left eye by an opposing player towards the second half and missed the remainder of the game.[75] Williamson returned in Duke's next game, a 95–91 overtime loss to Syracuse, and erupted for 35 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks.[76] He eclipsed the Duke freshman record for single-game points previously held by Marvin Bagley III and J.J. Redick.[77] On January 21, Williamson collected his third ACC Freshman of the Week accolades.[78] One week later, he scored 26 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in an 81–63 victory over Notre Dame.[79] By recording nine 25-point games in the season, Williamson set a new Duke freshman record.[80] On February 2, he led all scorers with 29 points and 5 steals in a 91–61 win over St. John's.[81] After two days, Williamson was named ACC Freshman of the Week on his fourth occasion, while earning National Player of the Week distinction from the Naismith Trophy.[82] He had his third 30-point game of the season on February 16, scoring 32 points in a 94–78 victory over NC State.[83] The performance helped him claim his second ACC Player of the Week and fifth ACC Freshman of the Week accolades.[84]

(left) sitting on the bench versus Virginia Tech with injury suffered from broken shoe; (right) walking on the court during a media timeout

ZION WILLIAMSON (cropped) 2
ZION WILLIAMSON 2 (cropped)

On February 20, versus North Carolina, Williamson suffered a Grade 1 knee sprain 36 seconds into the game after his foot ripped through his shoe, causing him to slip.[85][86] He did not return to the game, which Duke lost, 88–72.[87] His shoe's manufacturer, Nike, saw its stock market value drop by $1.1 billion the following day as a result of the incident.[88][89] The day after the injury, Duke announced that Williamson was "day-to-day."[90] The incident led to growing calls for Williamson to stop playing college basketball, because he had already established himself as the top 2019 NBA draft prospect.[91][92] In addition, the injury resulted in more criticism of the NCAA for not paying student-athletes.[93][94][95] He was held out from his team's final six games in the regular season.[96] When the regular season concluded, Williamson earned Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the ACC, joining former Duke players Jahlil Okafor and Marvin Bagley III as the only recipients of both awards. He additionally made the ACC All-Defensive and All-Freshman teams.[97] Sporting News named Williamson as its Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.[98] He returned from injury on March 14, posting 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 steals in an 84–72 win over Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.[99] He shot 13-of-13 from the field, marking the best shooting performance in school and tournament history, while tying the best in ACC history.[100] Williamson also became the first Duke player to record at least 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 steals in a game since Christian Laettner in 1992.[101] The next day, he scored 31 points including the game-winner to help Duke defeat North Carolina, 74–73, in the ACC Tournament semifinals.[102] After posting 21 points in a 73–63 victory over Florida State in the championship game, Williamson was named ACC Tournament MVP, becoming the sixth freshman to win the honor.[103]

For the 2019 NCAA Tournament, official broadcast partner CBS specifically devoted a camera—called the "Zion Cam"—to record Williamson throughout the tournament.[104] In his NCAA Tournament debut on March 22, he scored 25 points in an 85–62 win over 16th-seeded North Dakota State.[105] On March 24, Williamson erupted for 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists in a 77–76 second round victory over UCF. He was the first player in school history to record at least 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists in an NCAA Tournament game.[106] Williamson led all scorers on March 31, with 24 points and 14 rebounds in a season-ending 68–67 loss to Michigan State in the Elite 8.[107] Through 33 appearances in his freshman season, he averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game.[108] He shot 68 percent from the field, which led the ACC, ranked second in the NCAA Division I, and was the highest ever field goal percentage by a freshman.[109][110] In addition, Williamson joined Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis as the only freshmen to collect 500 points, 50 steals, and 50 blocks in a season.[110]

On April 15, 2019, Williamson declared his eligibility for the 2019 NBA draft.[111] After the New Orleans Pelicans won the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery, Williamson's stepfather Lee Anderson said they were excited about him potentially playing in New Orleans and dismissed rumors that he would return to Duke for a second year, saying "As far as returning to Duke, that's not something we've even considered."[112]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Duke 33 33 30.0 .680 .338 .640 8.9 2.1 2.1 1.8 22.6

Player profile

Zion Williamson - Keenan Hairston (cropped)
Williamson dunks against Hartford in December 2018

Williamson is 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) tall and weighs 285 pounds (129 kg).[113][114] Despite his heavy weight for a basketball player, he is known for his speed and leaping ability.[115][116] NBA player Kevin Durant described him as a "once-in-a-generation type athlete" while an anonymous college basketball coach labeled him a "freak of nature."[117][118] Williamson plays the power forward position but is also capable of being a small-ball center.[119] However, he is best played as a forward due to his size. He has been described as not fitting a specific basketball position.[120] His physical attributes have drawn comparisons to former NBA stars Charles Barkley and Larry Johnson.[121] In addition, according to different analysts, he resembles NBA players LeBron James and Julius Randle.[120] Lee Sartor, Williamson's high school coach, reported that basketball coach Roy Williams told Williamson "that he was probably one of the best high school players he's seen since Michael Jordan".[122] Williamson, who is left-handed, is almost ambidextrous, being adept using either hand.[120]

While in high school, Williamson drew national attention for his slam dunks.[123] The Charlotte Observer remarked that he "could be the best high-school dunker in history."[124] NBA point guard John Wall has likened Williamson's in-game dunking ability to that of Vince Carter.[125] Williamson's outside shooting has been considered a point of concern, and he has unorthodox shot mechanics.[7][9][126] Recruiting service 247Sports has praised his ball handling and passing skills for his size, commenting that they are "overshadowed by [his] athletic plays."[127] Williamson has the ability to defend multiple positions well due to his speed and length, although his defensive effort has been questioned.[128] His explosiveness makes him a reliable shot-blocker and gives him prowess as a rebounder.[129]

Personal life

Williamson was born in Salisbury, North Carolina to Lateef Williamson and Sharonda Sampson.[130] Lateef was a football defensive lineman at Mayo High School in Darlington, South Carolina who was designated a 1993 High School All-American by Max Emfinger, and had committed to NC State before transferring to Livingstone College.[130][7] Sampson was a sprinter at Livingstone and became a middle school health and physical education teacher.[130] She named Williamson after the biblical location Mount Zion near Jerusalem, taking her grandmother's advice to name him "something extra special."[5] When Williamson reached two years of age, following the death of his maternal grandmother, his family moved to Florence, South Carolina.[130][7] By the time he was five years old, his parents divorced, and his mother married Lee Anderson, a former Clemson basketball player.[7][6]

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2018 McDonald's All-American Boys Game

The 2018 McDonald's All-American Boys Game was an All-star basketball game that was played on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, home of the Atlanta Hawks. The game's rosters featured the best and most highly recruited high school boys graduating in 2018. The game is the 41st annual version of the McDonald's All-American Game first played in 1977.

The 24 players were selected from 2,500 nominees by a committee of basketball experts. They were chosen not only for their on-court skills but for their performances off the court as well. Coach Morgan Wootten, who had more than 1,200 wins as head basketball coach at DeMatha Catholic High School, was chairman of the selection committee.

2018–19 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season

The 2018–19 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2018, followed by the start of the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play started in late December 2018 and concluded in March with the 2019 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The season marks 65th season of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball.

2018–19 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team

The 2018–19 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represents Duke University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They are coached by 39th-year head coach, Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils played their home games at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Led by tournament MVP Zion Williamson, they won Duke's 21st ACC tournament title. They received the ACC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and reached the Elite Eight, where they lost 68–67 to Michigan State.

2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 6, 2018. The first tournament was the 2K Sports Classic and the season concluded with the Final Four in Minneapolis on April 8, 2019. Practices officially began on September 28, 2018.

2019 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2019 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament was the 66th annual postseason men's basketball tournament for the Atlantic Coast Conference, held March 12–16, 2019 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Virginia Cavaliers and North Carolina Tar Heels entered the tournament as the top two seeds, both with 16–2 conference, and ranked #2 and #3 in the country respectively. Both teams were defeated in the semifinals, by the #4 Florida State Seminoles (ranked #12 nationally) and the #3 Duke Blue Devils (ranked #6 nationally). Duke defeated Florida State, 73–63, in the championship game, claiming their 21st ACC Tournament title and 15th during head coach Mike Krzyzewski's tenure. Duke's Zion Williamson was named the tournament's MVP.

2019 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889. The 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans are honorary lists that will include All-American selections from the Associated Press (AP), the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the Sporting News (TSN), and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. All selectors choose three teams, while AP also lists honorable mention selections.

The Consensus 2019 College Basketball All-American team will be determined by aggregating the results of the four major All-American teams as determined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Since United Press International was replaced by TSN in 1997, the four major selectors have been the aforementioned ones. AP has been a selector since 1948, NABC since 1957 and USBWA since 1960. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors based on a point system computed from the four different all-America teams. The point system consists of three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team. No honorable mention or fourth team or lower are used in the computation. The top five totals plus ties are first team and the next five plus ties are second team.Although the aforementioned lists are used to determine consensus honors, there are numerous other All-American lists. The ten finalists for the John Wooden Award are described as Wooden All-Americans. The ten finalists for the Senior CLASS Award are described as Senior All-Americans. Other All-American lists include those determined by USA Today, Fox Sports, Yahoo! Sports and many others. The scholar-athletes selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) are termed Academic All-Americans.

2019–20 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team

The 2019–20 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represents Duke University during the 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They are coached by 40th-year head coach, Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils play their home games at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

The Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the men's basketball player in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) voted as the most outstanding player. It has been presented since the league's first season, 1953–54, by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, and beginning in 2012–13 has also been presented in separate voting by the league's head coaches. The award was first given to Dickie Hemric of Wake Forest, and the coaches' award was first presented in 2013 to Shane Larkin of Miami.Two players have won the award three times: David Thompson of North Carolina State and Ralph Sampson of Virginia. Hemric, Len Chappell, Larry Miller, John Roche, Len Bias, Danny Ferry, Tim Duncan and J. J. Redick have won the award twice. There have been two ties in the award's history, which occurred at the end of the 2000–01 and 2012–13 seasons: In 2000–01 Joseph Forte of North Carolina and Shane Battier of Duke shared the award; and Erick Green of Virginia Tech and Larkin shared honors in 2012–13. Green and Larkin split the honor in the first year that the ACC began voting for players of the year by the conference's coaches and media separately (the media chose Green while the coaches chose Larkin).Sixteen players have received either the Naismith or Wooden National Player of the Year awards in the same season that they received an ACC Player of the Year award. Duke's Zion Williamson is the most recent player to achieve this (2019). Each of the original 1953 ACC members has had at least one of its players win the award. Five ACC members have not had a winner: Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse. However, of these schools, only Florida State joined the ACC before 2013.

Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year is an award given to the freshman basketball player in the Atlantic Coast Conference voted by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association as the most outstanding freshman player.

Cam Reddish

Cameron Elijah Reddish (born September 1, 1999) is an American college basketball player for the Duke Blue Devils in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Coming out of high school, Reddish was rated as a five-star recruit and considered one of the top players in his class, earning Mr. Pennsylvania Basketball in his senior year, in addition to being named to the 2018 McDonald's All-American Boys Game, 2018 Jordan Brand Classic and 2018 Nike Hoop Summit.

Duke Blue Devils men's basketball

The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represents Duke University in NCAA Division I college basketball and competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The team is fourth all-time in wins of any NCAA men's basketball program, and is coached by Mike Krzyzewski.

Duke has won 5 NCAA Championships (tied with Indiana for fourth all-time behind UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina) and appeared in 11 Championship Games (third all-time) and 16 Final Fours (fourth all-time behind North Carolina, UCLA, and Kentucky), and has an NCAA-best .755 NCAA tournament winning percentage. Eleven Duke players have been named the National Player of the Year, and 71 players have been selected in the NBA Draft. Additionally, Duke has 36 players named All-Americans (chosen 60 times) and 14 Academic All-Americans. Duke has been the Atlantic Coast Conference Champions a record 21 times, and also lays claim to 19 ACC regular season titles. Prior to joining the ACC, Duke won the Southern Conference championships five times. Duke has also finished the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll seven times and is the all-time leader in total weeks ranked as the number one team in the nation by the AP with 135 weeks. Additionally, the Blue Devils have the second longest streak in the AP Top 25 in history with 200 consecutive appearances from 1996 to 2007, trailing only UCLA's 221 consecutive polls from 1966 to 1980.

Karl Malone Award

The Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award is an annual basketball award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the top men's collegiate power forward. Following the success of the Bob Cousy Award which had been awarded since 2004, the award was one of four new awards (along with the Jerry West Award, Julius Erving Award and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award) created as part of the inaugural College Basketball Awards show in 2015. It is named after 14-time NBA All-Star, 11-time All-NBA First Team player Karl Malone. The inaugural winner was Montrezl Harrell.

List of U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards

This article lists U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards. Several different organizations sponsor an award for the nation's top player.

Naismith College Player of the Year

The Naismith College Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top men's and women's collegiate basketball players. It is named in honor of the inventor of basketball (in 1891), Dr. James Naismith.

Oscar Robertson Trophy

The Oscar Robertson Trophy is given out annually to the outstanding men's college basketball player by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). The trophy is considered to be the oldest of its kind and has been given out since 1959.

Overtime (sports network)

Overtime is a sports network focused on young, digital-native sports fans. The company’s programming focuses on talented young athletes, in particular high school athletes who play basketball and football.

Overtime is a distributed sports network. Instead of offering content through a single channel, Overtime’s programming is available across Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, on TV (through a partnership with regional sports network SportsNet New York) and through Overtime itself.

Other sports networks, websites, blogs and fans frequently re-share Overtime videos, helping Overtime reach an even larger audience on social, the web, on mobile and on TV.

Overtime has helped a number of young high-school athletes reach a national audience, including Rex Cassady , Trae Young, Jordan McCabe and Shareef O'Neal, among others.Its short-form programming is provided by a network of paid contributors, who attend games and upload highlights in real-time from their mobile phones using a special app that makes it easy to capture and produce highlights. Overtime’s longer-form programming (like "Challenge", "Overtime All Access", and "The Book of Luther") is produced by an in-house team.

R. J. Barrett

Rowan Alexander "R. J." Barrett Jr. (born June 14, 2000) is a Canadian college basketball player for the Duke Blue Devils of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Canadian national team.

Born in Toronto as the son of former basketball player Rowan Barrett, Barrett shone at St. Marcellinus Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario before transferring to Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. He was a five-star recruit and the consensus top recruit in the 2018 class, earning Naismith Prep Player of the Year and Gatorade National Player of the Year accolades in his final high school season. Was ranked the top player in his class by all recruiting services and was the first player since LeBron James to sweep all major awards in high school and win the national championship. Barrett is expected to be a top 3 pick in the 2019 NBA draft.

With the Canadian national under-19 team, Barrett was named MVP at the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup after leading his team to a gold medal. He debuted for the senior team during qualification for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Slam (magazine)

Slam is an American basketball magazine in circulation since 1994.

USBWA National Freshman of the Year

The USBWA National Freshman of the Year, the men's version of which is named the Wayman Tisdale Award, is an annual basketball award given to college basketball's most outstanding freshman male player and female player by the United States Basketball Writers Association, an association of college basketball journalists. The award was first given following the 1988–89 season for men, while the 2002–03 season marked the first season for the women's award.

There has never been a tie for the men's award but there has been one for the women, when Tasha Humphrey of Georgia and Candice Wiggins of Stanford shared the 2004–05 award. Only three players, all men, have been named the National Player of the Year (by receiving the Naismith or Wooden awards for either men or women, and/or the Wade Trophy for women) in the same season as being named the USBWA Freshman of the Year. Kevin Durant of Texas was the first in 2006–07, followed by Anthony Davis of Kentucky in 2011–12 and Zion Williamson of Duke in 2018–19. Chris Jackson and Seimone Augustus, the two inaugural award winners for the men and women, respectively, were coincidentally both players at LSU.

On July 26, 2010, the USBWA announced that they would rename the men's National Freshman of the Year award after the late Wayman Tisdale, who in 1983 was named a first team All-American as a freshman.

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