Zion Williamson of Duke Makes Highlight Block Against Virginia

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) -- Duke phenom Zion Williamson is the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Then what?

What sets Williamson apart is his skill set transcends the particulars of which team drafts him, according to Justin Rowan of the Cleveland Cavaliers website Fear the Sword and "The Chase Down" podcast.

"He's kind of the no-doubt guy. After that, it becomes a bit of a crapshoot," Rowan told Jake Chapman. 

"I think he's the one guy that's going to be great no matter what situation he's thrown into, whereas the other guys are going to need some infrastructure around them." 

The leading options at No. 2 are a pair of Williamson's Duke teammates, R.J. Barrett and Cameron Reddish, as well as Murray State point guard Ja Morant. Rowan said if he were selecting for the Cavaliers with the No. 2 pick, he would lean toward taking Barrett.

"It wouldn't shock me if somebody else in this draft ended up being better than Zion," Rowan said, "whether that be as the result of injuries or someone just rising to the occasion."

On Saturday, Barrett paced No. 2 Duke with 26 points in a 81-71 road win over No. 3 Virginia to sweep the season series. Williamson had 18 points and Reddish had 17, but Williamson stole the show with a flying, full-extension block of a 3-point attempt late in the game.

“There’s maybe two people in the world that can make those plays, and they both were in our gym,” Virigina coach Randy Bennett said, referring to LeBron James being in attendance as a spectator.

With AP