Zion Williamson was in Lexington two weekends ago for his official visit with Kentucky, and the 5-star phenom ranked the trip an 8 out of 10, according to his blog on USA Today Sports.
Williamson’s visit started Friday when he had breakfast with Kentucky coach John Calipari at his hotel, then the two met with an academic adviser.
“We toured the facility and I really liked getting the chance to watch the team practice,” Williamson wrote. “The thing that stuck out to me was that everything is built around going hard all the time. With so many freshmen out there, Coach Cal was showing them that they have to play hard every possession.”
The internet dunk sensation attended Big Blue Madness later that night and said the player introductions were his favorite part. And one special guest stood out to him.
“Of course everyone knows that Drake was there and it was dope!” Williamson wrote. “That’s my guy!”
Williamson wasn’t allowed to talk to Drake because of NCAA rules, but the two have a prior relationship.
“One thing I’ll say about Drake is that he never talks about me about going to any schools,” Williamson wrote. “I know people think that, but he has never done that. He just talks to me about how I’m dealing with life and things like that. He’s like a big bro and I really appreciate that about him.”
Williamson went to a horse race on that Saturday, watched two Kentucky practices and then he and his family sat down with Calipari to talk about how he’d fit in at Kentucky. He also wanted to hear from the current Wildcats.
“All of the guys I talked to said it really feels like home and talked about the things they love about Kentucky,” Williamson wrote.
The 5-star forward visited Duke this past weekend, and he also gave that trip an 8 out of 10. He called it “the perfect atmosphere.”
“The Cameron Crazies showed me a lot of love and, at one point, they started chanting that they wanted me to come sit with them, and Coach K let me go over there and they went wild,” Williamson wrote.
While Kentucky had Drake, the internet had a good laugh at Grayson Allen’s intro song “Everytime We Touch” at Countdown to Craziness.
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) October 21, 2017
“You just have to understand Duke and the tradition there with that song,” Williamson wrote. “That’s the thing there and I actually thought it was cool of him as a senior to want to come out to the Duke song for the fans.”
Williamson said neither visit was a 10 out of 10, because if that was the case, he would’ve committed. He’ll be taking his official visit to North Carolina this weekend.
Williamson is the No. 2 prospect in the 2018 class. The 6-foot-6 and 275-pound forward is favored to land at Kentucky, according to the 247Sports crystal ball.