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Friday, July 10, 2020

Zion Williamson rejects Scottie Pippen’s advice about sitting out

Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson is the most exciting player in college basketball and the consensus favorite to be the top overall pick in the NBA Draft, but the freshman insists he has no intentions of abandoning his teammates to protect his future.

Earlier in the week, Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen suggested Williamson should sit out for the remainder of the season to avoid suffering an injury. Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady agreed.

We’ve seen several top college football players take that approach with bowl games in recent years, and Pippen and McGrady argue that basketball players should do the same. But while Williamson may not have anything to gain professionally from continuing to play for the Blue Devils, he said he would not feel right letting his teammates and Coach K down.

Duke is 15-2 and ranked No. 1 in the nation. Williamson is averaging 21.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, and some of the electrifying plays he has made have people as excited as ever about the team. The Blue Devils have a legitimate chance to capture their sixth championship in the Coach K era, and you have to admire Williamson for not wanting to quit in the middle of that.

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