There is no suspense. In the 2019 NBA Draft held this morning, , 19-year-old power forward Zion Williamson from Duke University was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans.
The No. 1 pick was picked, and he also became the first “post-00” No. 1 pick in NBA history.
[Zion Williamson personal file]
Name: Zion Williamson
Birthday: July 6, 2000
Position: Power Forward
School: Duke University
Armspan: about 210cm
Hometown: Spartanburg, South Carolina
High School: Spartanburg High School
Honors: 2018 McDonald’s High School All-Star Game, 2018 South Carolina Mr. Basketball
Reference template: Charles Barkley/Blake Griffin
Outstanding talent, determined to be “No. 1 in the United States” since childhood
On July 6, 2000, Zion was born in a sports family in Salisbury, North Carolina. His biological father was a football player at North Carolina State University, and his mother, Sharonda Sampson, was an excellent football player.
A high jumper, once crossed a bar of 1.8 meters in a high jump competition, so that when Zion knew about his mother’s past, he covered his mouth in surprise: “My mother can jump 1.8 meters. Now I know why I
I can dance like this.” However, his parents divorced early, and Zion’s childhood was also affected to a certain extent. Fortunately, his stepfather Lee Anderson became his most important mentor.
Zion started playing basketball at the age of 5, and made his ambition at that time: to enter the NCAA and become the number one player in the United States.
Anderson threw the 5-year-old into a basketball class several years older than him, where Zion, who didn’t have any advantages, learned to pass the ball. Since then, he has been trained as a point guard.
So people will see that in the Duke University game last season, the shadow of the point guard can still be seen in Zion’s wonderful passes.
Genius is often accompanied by diligence.
From the age of nine, Zion got up at five o’clock every morning to practice football. Later, when he was in middle school, he was always the first to come and the last to leave during training.
Not just dunking, the old coach K became the number one “tin blow”
From the second year of junior high school, Zion’s height began to skyrocket. In the second and third year of high school, his weight also made a qualitative leap. His superb physical fitness allowed him to contribute one wonderful dunk after another in the game.
At the same time, every improvement of Zion will also bring him a leap in the rankings of high school students in the United States, and scouts gradually become interested in him.
Watching the scouts on the sidelines gradually increase, Zion’s high school coach Lee Sutter also said: “Actually, they should have come, but no one came at first.”
Sutter has always believed that his beloved student can be appreciated by the famous basketball schools in the United States, but the reality is always cruel. At that time, Zion was not a student with a high ranking in the United States, and no one who provided him with a full scholarship
It is some small schools.
Fortunately, the AUU Amateur League has given Zion the opportunity to be well-known in the United States, and the outstanding young players in the United States will always play against each other in this event.
Accompanied by the wonderful performance in each game, some media began to be conquered by this young player, but what people are most impressed with is always his dunk, so he was labeled as a “slam dunk”.
In the senior year of high school, many famous basketball schools threw olive branches to Zion.
In order to change people’s impressions, Zion chose a path for himself-joining Duke University and putting himself under the name of the famous old coach K.
Prior to this, RJ Barrett, the No. 1 high school student in the United States at the time, and now the top pick in the United States, and Cam Reddish, who was recognized as the top three in the United States at the time, had already committed to joining Duke.
In order to soar into the sky, Zion must first win two teammates in the team competition.
After just half a year, Zion used his performance to conquer all those who doubted him, and the old coach K became the number one “tin blower”.
He praised his disciple as “no shortcomings”.
In the first game of his college career, Zion scored 29 points and 13 rebounds, and his three-point shooting percentage reached a terrifying 80%.
Will dunk” question.
Due to his outstanding performance and contribution to his alma mater basketball, Duke University even made a promotional video before the draft, and everything just waited for the arrival of the draft day.
Talking about achievements, thankful mother, taking over the role of Pelican leader
As his name was called first, Zion and his mother embraced affectionately at the draft.
In an interview, he said with tears in his eyes: “I don’t know how to describe the feeling at this moment, I think I should be in this position. My mother poured a lot of love into me and sacrificed a lot for me. If there is no
She, I wouldn’t be standing here today, she did everything for me and I want to thank her.”
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The advancement of the Orcs is naturally an inevitable topic. In this regard, Zion also stated that he will take on the role of team leader, “I can foresee that I will take on the role of leader. I need to understand my teammates and their abilities.
If you can’t agree with them, the end is usually not good. So, this is when to reach a team