Zion Williamson – The Next LeBron Or Better?
Everyone has high hopes and dreams to reach the skies!
But with big goals comes great responsibility and determination to work hard to achieve them.
Zion Williamson is one such personality, who believed in working hard in silence and letting the success make the noise.
- With his spectacular and mesmerizing performance and unbelievable dunks, Zion Williamson rose to fame at the age of 15 years.
And is now 2nd ranked player of basketball of the class of 2018, while being the 3rd ranked player of basketball in the entire country.
- With his mind-blowing skills and action on the field, he has created a very impressive resume.
Which includes the following entries:
“NBPA Top 100 CampCo-MVP, Elite 24 MVP, Slam dunk champ of Elite 24, hat trick in state titles at Spartanburg Day School and MVP of Adidas Nations Global.”
And soon considered to join NBA according to the NBA draft of 2019?
A Glimpse into Zion Williamson’s Life
Zion Williamson was born on July 6, 2000, and is currently 18 years old.
- He is popular as an American college basketball player.
Zion is a member of the Duke Blue Devils in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Zion Williamson Height And Weight
- 6 feet 7 inches (2.01m) and weighs 285 pounds (129 kg).
He has been greatly praised for his physique by multiple people.
This includes NBA player Kevin Durant who called him a “once-in-a-generation type athlete.”
Due to his physique, some people compare him to NBA stars Charles Barkley and Larry Johnson.
He plays the power forward position, but also runs any position from 1-4.
He is equally skilled with both hands and perfectly keeps the ball in his command while dribbling.
“In the eyes of basketball coach Roy Williams, Zion Williamson is the best player he has seen after Michael Jordan.”
Zion Williamson’s Life Before Fame
- From a young age, Zion Williamson was involved in various sports.
These sports included football and soccer. He was a determined individual SINCE his childhood.
He set his goal of becoming the best college basketball player, at a mere age of 5 years.
Once playing against 9-year-olds for the Sumter falcons.
He had his mother, Sharonda to coach him along his youth leagues, excelling in the game day by day.
- In Johnakin Middle School, he excelled more, making MIN 20 points every game he played.
Later on, he had his stepfather, Lee Anderson to coach him and improve his abilities
A Little about Zion Williamson’s Support System (His parents)
Zion Williamson was born to Leteef Williamson and Sharonda Sampson in Salisbury, North Carolina.
His father was a defensive lineman who under a scholarship played football for NC State.
But soon after Lateef shifted to Livingstone College. He had a good height of 6 foot and 5 inches and weighed 260 pounds.
Someone describes him as:
“A massive defensive lineman who is said to be one of the most imposing physical specimens to come to NC State in recent years.”
According to the former NC State couch…
“He was a heck of an athlete for his size! He could’ve been a good defensive lineman. He had tremendous athletic abilities.”
His mother Sharonda was formerly an athlete at Livingstone and later became a physical health education teacher for middle school.
- At the age of two, Zion along with his parents shifted to Florence, south California after the death of Sharonda’s mother.
His parent also divorced when he was only five years of age.
After which Sharonda remarried with Lee Anderson who is a former Clemson basketball player.
He was coached by his mother and stepfather.
Zion Williamson’s College Career
Zion Williamson with his high popularity and amazing performance bagged the race in recruitment.
He was regarded as a five-star recruit.
- Being well known to be the 3rd best option in the class of 2018, he started receiving college offers from his freshman year.
The first offer was made by Wofford College. Then Clemson offered him to play with them, during his second year of high school.
Then in junior high, he received the offer from Duke, and then in senior high he was offered by Kentucky.
Everyone was wondering who Zion Williamson would choose to play with.
- And then came the day, 20th January 2018, when he finally announced to become a part of the duke.
And this gesture of announcing on his mother’s birthday didn’t go unnoticed by his fans and the locals.
“There was so much hype about it that the mayor of South Carolina told the world through his tweet, that he would be keen on making this day the official Zion Williamson day!”
While in duke Zion Williamson united with Cameron and R. J. Barrett, the other two best recruits.
In August 2018, Zion Williamson made his first appearance for Duke and winning against Canadian college.
- And then in November in the first game of the season, he scored 28 points win against Kentucky.
Thus leaving all his audience amazed by his astonishing performance.
Accomplishments of Zion Williamson
Zion Williamson is only 18 years old but has already bagged many titles and awards.
He worked hard, and during his freshman year, he scored 24.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 3.3 steals, and 3.0 blocks which resulted in him bagging All-State and All-Region honors.
Williamson enthusiastically leads him team Griffins to win its first-ever south Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) state title.
He kept sharpening his skills and became the top performer at the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 camp.
- He also led his team to win their second South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) state title in a row.
From here things got even better for Zion Williamson.
As a high school senior he averaged 36.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.
In 2018 he was named McDonald’s All-American.
McDonald’s All-American is a game played annually by American and Canadian high school graduates (girls and boys).
Boys and girls compete in majorly three categories which are a slam dunk, a three-point shooting competition and a competition related to timed skills.
Zion Williamson managed to bag the award in the slam dunk category this year.
As a senior in 2018, he also won the title of South Caroline Mr. basketball.
- Which is a great honor that acknowledges the best high school senior basketball player in the state of South Caroline.
Zion Williamson Dunks- From where it all started
- Zion Williamson had a tremendous growth spurt, going from 5ft 9in to 6ft 3in to 6ft 6in by his sophomore year.
By this time HE had attracted national attention because of his AMAZING performance and astonishing ability for slam dunks.
His highlights videos gained views, exposing him to fame and popularity.
He MOST likely made history with his slam dunks.
“As a newspaper namely ’the Charlotte observer’ commented that Zion Williamson “could be the best high school dunker in history.”
And until now NO basketball player has attracted such attention, that the local authorities had to take extra precautions to host the events.
- John Wall, a point guard of NBA, has also remarked by comparing the ability of slam dunks of Zion Williamson with Vince Carter.
According to Zion Williamson himself, the top three slam dunks of his high school career are AS follows:
- State Championship Windmill and the 360 Pandemonium
At number one there are two dunks that according to Zion Williamson are the best dunks of his high school career. According to him, the windmill was special because;
“It was my last dunk of my junior season, and it iced the game. It got No. 1 on Sports center too.”
And the 360 pandemonium tops ALL the other dunks in his high school career because;
“I had just done my first in-game windmill, and then I got the ball again on the break. I tipped it to myself, took two dribbles and did a 360. It was crazy because fans were running all over the court. It was pretty wild.”
The Alley-Oop Windmill
At number two, it’s the alley-oop windmill, where along is with the team and the audience he surprised himself as well. According to Zion Williamson;
“The team was playing hard. They were talking trash and everything too. I was like ‘OK.’ So my teammate threw the lob, and in my mind, I was like ‘You know what I’m going to try it!’ I was shocked myself that I made it.”
And at number 3, Zion Williamson was pushing his limits, and DIDNT FAIL to amaze the whole crowd. According to Zion Williamson;
“I did it in the game prior to this one, but I missed, so I had to get one. Then my teammate Chandler Lindsey had just done a, and I knew I had to get one too. I pulled it off, and the environment was crazy. It was just lit!”
Zion Williamson- A YouTube Sensation
Zion Williamson set YouTube on fire when his slam dunk videos went viral.
- These viral videos of his mesmerizing performance and posterizing dunks set the stage for his popularity and fame.
People from all over the world started showering love and appreciation.
As anyone who saw him in action was left stunned by the unbelievable basketball skills displayed by him who was at that time only 15 years old.
Now he has videos on YouTube that have been watched a million times or more. Which breaks the record of NBA all-star Anthony Davis? In his high school years, he also got featured on the cover of Slam magazine.
Zion Williamson is the boy on fire. Since a young age, he’s achieved more than any other of his age.
His jaw-dropping dunks and remarkable sportsmanship on the field has won him awards, titles, love, support and millions of fans.
- He has inspired the people of his age and made them believe that no dream is impossible to come true.
You have to set your goal and work hard.
You have to put in blood and sweat and all your effort to achieve your dreams because this world is not a wish-granting factory.
Nothing comes free; you have to earn it. Just like Zion Williamson did.
He set his goal of becoming the best college basketball player, at a mere age of 5 years and worked towards his goal every second of his life.
He practiced in his school gym during the summer holidays until he had satisfied himself that he has learned how to do a slam dunk.
- He’s a rising star who will surely keep giving us spectacular and jaw-dropping performances.
Because every time he comes onto the basketball court, everyone knows they will witness something special.
That’s Zion Williamson he’s truly a special basketball player.