A 3-week layoff was no drawback for Zion Williamson, who performed an ideal recreation in Duke’s victory over Syracuse within the ACC Event.
All of the hype coming into this recreation was about what form the returning Zion Williamson could be in after lacking the previous six video games with a knee damage. Williamson put all of his doubters of their place, placing up 29 factors and 14 rebounds to assist Duke prime Syracuse 84-72.
The show was much more outstanding as a result of Williamson didn’t miss a shot, going a ridiculous 13-13 from the ground. Whereas there have been loads of thunderous dunks concerned within the recreation, Williamson was a drive on each ends, clearly the distinction maker on this one.
Williamson completely placed on a present, with this dunk simply minutes into the sport signaling that he was again and remains to be a really unhealthy man.
There was additionally this showstopper later within the first half.
Merely put, Williamson’s greatness was on show all through as he crashed the glass, snagged 5 steals, and blocked a shot for good measure. Probably the most spectacular a part of this was that Williamson performed 34 minutes for Duke, showcasing that he’s utterly wholesome, a reality he advised ESPN’s Allison Williams after the sport.
Duke had struggled to attain with out Williamson within the lineup, and if he’s wholesome the truth that they’ll’t actually shoot from the perimeter isn’t a difficulty. Williamson’s mere presence on the ground attracts defenders inside, creating house for guys like Cam Reddish and Tre Jones to create offense on the skin.
The 13-13 effort marked the primary time a Duke participant ever was excellent on greater than 12 pictures, and it was the primary time a participant has ever gone 13-13 in an ACC Event recreation. There may very well be loads of magic from Williamson and Duke within the NCAA Event if this effort was an indication of issues to come back.