Zion Williamson Uninterested in Returning for Sophomore Year at Duke
The New Orleans Pelicans have no concerns regarding Zion Williamson’s availability come draft night.
The Duke Blue Devils superstar is highly expected to be drafted first overall by New Orleans next month and although there were initial concerns that Williamson will return to school for one more year due to a lack of interest in playing with the Pelicans, those rumours have since been dispelled.
“As far as returning to Duke, that’s not something we have even considered,” said Lee Anderson, Williamson’s stepfather on his appearance on 104.5 ESPN radio in Baton Rouge. “We met with David Griffin and had a great conversation and are excited at the prospect of getting settled and finding a place to stay.”
Williamson has yet to hire an agent so technically, there remains a chance that the 18-year old could opt out of the NBA Draft and return to Duke for his sophomore year.
“You get this college experience once,” Williamson said last month. “If you’re in a situation like mine, where you’re one and done, I’m just trying to make the most of what I got. I love Duke, and honestly, I don’t want to leave. If I didn’t have as much at stake, I probably would stay for another year. But I can’t.
“This was the best year of my life. So, if I could come back for a second year I would, but unfortunately that’s just not the reality we live in. The reality we live in is (that) my ultimate dream is the NBA. It’s what I’ve been dreaming about as a kid so I have to pursue that. And I have to take care of my family.”
Williamson has until May 29 to decide on whether he wants to remain in the 2019 Draft and all signs suggest that Williamson is “excited” to be joining the Pelicans.
Currently, the Memphis Grizzlies are expected to take Ja Morant of Murray State with their second overall pick, leaving R.J. Barrett as the most likely candidate to go to New York at number 3.