Zion Williamson was back in action Thursday night for the first time since injuring his foot on Nov. 21. The 5-star small forward had 31 points in Spartanburg Day School’s (S.C.) win, but the most interesting part of his night came after the game when he opened up on his recruitment.
Williamson, the No. 3 prospect in the 2018 class, has long been atop Kentucky’s wish list. But as we noted in last week’s Kentucky recruiting notebook, recent picks have trended toward Williamson signing with in-state Clemson.
Twenty-one predictions in 247Sports’ crystal ball signal Clemson as the 76-percent favorite to land Williamson. The Tigers are followed by Kentucky at 10 percent and North Carolina and Kansas at 5 percent.
Perhaps Williamson was being coy, but he told The State after his game Thursday night that his recruitment is “still wide open.”
“I’m going to be honest with y’all, I don’t know who released those six schools,” Williamson told The State, likely referring to Kentucky, Clemson, South Carolina, Kansas, Duke and North Carolina. “The last time I checked my recruitment was still wide open, but I’m still considering everybody, just listening to their final messages and what they have to tell me.”
Williamson said getting hurt was a “blessing in disguise” in that it showed him how coaches looked at him outside of basketball.
While Williamson’s recruitment may indeed be open, time’s running out. He’ll announce his decision on Jan. 20 — the same day College GameDay will be in Lexington for Kentucky’s game against Florida. The Cats and Gators tip off at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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