Duke’s Williamson declares for NBA draft

Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson did the expected on Monday when he announced he was declaring for the NBA draft.Williamson, the consensus player of the year, made his announcement in a video on Instagram.”I will pursue my next dream and declare for the 2019 NBA Draft,” Williamson said near the end of the video. “Thank you Duke. This has been the best year of my life.”Williamson is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick of the NBA draft.The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson shot 68 percent from the field and averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds in 33 games during his lone season at Duke. He made 33.8 percent of his 3-point attempts and excelled defensively with 70 steals and 59 blocked shots.Williamson missed five late-season games due to a sprained right knee after his shoe fell apart on court and he fell awkwardly.He won the Wooden and Naismith player of the year awards and was a highly popular figure throughout the season due to his array of spectacular dunks.Williamson thanked Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski during the video and gushed about what a good time he had during his one college campaign.”I don’t think I can put it into words about how special this year was,” Williamson said. “The brotherhood was incredible … everything about this team was special. Coach K was special.”