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Zion Williamson goes from 5 to 32 scholarship offers

NEW YORK -- One of the breakout stars of this past spring and summer was 6-foot-7 forward Zion Williamson. He capped the summer off with a 23-point, 10-for-10 performance in the Under Armour Elite 24.

Five-star forward Zion Williamson was one of the most impressive players and prospects at the Elite 24 this past weekend.

Williamson showed off his unique game and at times was physically dominant on both ends of the floor. At 6-foot-7, Williamson is in between forward positions, but his strength, toughness, skill and explosive athleticism make him one of the most intriguing prospects, not only in the 2018 class, but also in the country. http://www.scout.com/player/200316-zion-williamson?s=75 “The first day I felt like I played really well,” Williamson said referring to practice. “The second day I got put into a different group so I had to get in the mix with the team chemistry, but I think overall I played pretty well.”

Then Williamson left his mark on the game, where he pumped in 23 points on was an efficient 10-for-10 from the field. He also added six rebounds and a handful of assists.

“When I’m at my best I see it as taking the game over,” Williamson said describing his game. “Getting a rebound and taking it coast to coast or getting a rebound and finding my open man. Beating my man off the dribble or if I have a mismatch because of weight, I’ll post him up. It’s an all around game.”

Williamson showed all of that, scoring the ball off put backs, half court drives and tough, aggressive plays in transition. His athleticism and physical play was unmatched at times in practice and in the game.

Williamson said one of the reasons his game is so unique is because he started on the perimeter as a youngster, then he hit a growth spurt.

“My freshman year I was 6-3 and playing shooting guard most of the time,” he said. “Then over the summer I went from 6-3 to 6-7 and I picked up a lot of weight. So I had to transition from a two to a three or four.”

That transition has been smooth for the five-star recruit, who ran with Game Elite during the spring and summer. Williamson went from a handful of offers to one of the most pursued players in the 2018 class.

“I think I had five scholarship offers at the beginning of the summer. But this summer I feel like I had ... my best summer and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. Now I’m up to 32 scholarship offers. Recruiting wise, I feel like everything is going well.”

Williamson said he’s being prioritized by a host of schools.

“I feel like ArizonaOregonNorth CarolinaSouth CarolinaClemson and NC State,” he responded. “I feel like those schools are telling me I’m the man.”

When asked if there a school that was starting to stick out, Williamson cited the Arizona Wildcats.

“I’d say Arizona because they are across the country and they’ve had Aaron Gordon,” he said. “I have similar athleticism, but not like him. Then they had Stanley Johnson. I liked the way they used those two, so they stick out to me.”

The comparison to Aaron Gordon is one Williams likes and it’s one the Arizona coaching staff has been using.

“They say I have a similar game to him,’ he said of Gordon. “They said they want to develop my game to where I’m a three because at 6-7 they said it can work in the NBA, but I’m going to be a three if I go pro.”

Another school that is pursing Williamson with some vigor is North Carolina. The Tar Heels offered following July and Roy Williams has been in hot pursuit.

“We have a strong relationship,” Williamson said. “It’s almost like a second dad or an uncle.

“They always talk about family and that’s what I love about them the most,” he added. “Everything is family. They said if I come to North Carolina, I’m North Carolina for life. Everything is family.”

With basketball events for the summer over, Williamson said he’s looking forward to visiting some of the schools in close proximity to home.

“I plan on taking visits to Clemson, South Carolina, NC State, North Carolina during football season because they are around,” he said. “I’m going to try and take one to Arizona and Oregon maybe during basketball season so I can watch their team.”

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