SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Zion Williamson terrorizes rims in ways few humans can, and his method of destruction is decided by which side of the basket he’s attacking.
If he’s on the left? A windmill, or better yet, a 360 windmill.
And the right? A simple reverse or a “LeBron.”
Williamson has a bundle of viral dunks, or as was the case Thursday night, a viral block. The No. 3 prospect in the 2018 class swatted the ball and rattled the backboard in the process. It looked as though his head grazed the bottom of the backboard, and as he landed, he fell awkwardly on his leg.
Zion Williamson just demolished the ball and backboard with this jaw-dropping block. Whole gym went silent when he went down. 😳 pic.twitter.com/I74OPa9Eeu
— SLAM HS Hoops (@SLAMonline_HS) July 13, 2017
“I seen it and it’s scary to watch the way I fell,” Williamson said. “It was a weird landing but there was no pain afterwards.”
He saw the replay of the block, but watching his own highlights isn’t a common practice for the Spartanburg, S.C., native. Spartanburg happens to be where Williamson is competing this weekend at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale.
The 6-foot-6 and 225-pound prospect is listed as the nation’s No. 1 small forward, but he played point guard before a growth spurt between 8th and 11th grade shot him from 5-foot-11 to his current height. That versatility will slide him into whatever position his choice school needs most.
“A school like Kentucky, they usually get bigs,” Williamson said. “I’d probably play the 1, 2 or 3. Schools like Duke, Clemson, Arizona, UCLA, Florida — they tell me they’ll play me one through four.”
Williamson not only looks like he can play one through four on the basketball court, but also linebacker, defensive end or tight end on the football field. His size seems like it would hamper his athleticism, but that’s not the case.
Williamson lifts weights to stay in shape, not to get bigger.
“I’ve already got the size,” he said.
Kentucky coach John Calipari and assistant Joel Justus have been texting Williamson almost every two days, he said. The Wildcats’ chances to land Williamson might be high after he said Friday that, “there’s a lot of truth” that he and 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley want to team up in college. Many believe Quickley will be Kentucky’s first 2018 commitment.
Williamson records monster slams and blocks with regularity. Those talents were on display Friday in Spartanburg where put-back dunks were plentiful.
That’s Zion Williamson. pic.twitter.com/HeDACWW54x
— Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) July 14, 2017
The crowds swell around whatever court he’s playing on — all to see another highlight in the making.
Williamson was asked what it’s like when he sees nothing separating him from another slam.
“What’s going through my head is just,” he paused for a second. “Break the rim.”