Saturday is decision day for Zion Williamson, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound senior forward from Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School, who will decide where he will go play college basketball.
Williamson — Rivals.com’s No. 3-ranked player nationally — made an official visit to Kansas, but KU at this point is considered a longshot at best — Clemson is believed the current favorite. Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina are also thought to be on his list of schools.
Williamson will announce his college choice during a news conference at his high school on Saturday night. An ESPN official told Kentuckysportsradio.com the announcement will be shown at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN2. Kentucky.com reports the same details. According to Kentucky Sports Radio, the announcement will be followed by analysis from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello and a pair of ESPN SportsCenter anchors.
Williamson made official visits to Kansas, Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina in the fall. He’s been to Clemson and South Carolina several times.
Perhaps the biggest reason several recruiting services believe KU is no factor is the fact Williamson met with coaches from North Carolina, South Carolina, Duke and Clemson this past week. He did not visit with any coaches from Kansas or Kentucky.
Williamson told ESPN.com last week he was down to “three or four schools.” 247sports.com does not believe KU is one of those schools. In fact analysts from that recruiting service give Clemson an 88 percent chance at landing Williamson. South Carolina, Kentucky and North Carolina are given 4 percent chances each. KU and Duke stood at zero percent as of Friday night.
“He confirmed that in-state options Clemson and South Carolina are under consideration, and Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and Kansas have all been heavily involved throughout his recruitment. It’s unclear which of those four are still in the mix, although Kentucky is thought to be one of them,” wrote Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com.
“I don’t like when people try to force a list on me, because I didn’t put out a list,” Williamson told ESPN. “Unless you heard it from me, it’s not true.”
“I am going with Clemson,” Rivals.com analyst Corey Evans told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “Not a definite, but close to it in my mind. I would say UNC and Kentucky are right there still,” Evans added.
As to why he might pick Clemson, TheState.com writes: “The Tigers have been recruiting Williamson longer than anyone, giving him his first scholarship offer following his ninth-grade year. Among other reasons, Williamson’s stepdad, Lee Anderson, played for Clemson and is close with the Tigers’ staff. The campus is also 70 miles, or about an hour, from his hometown.”