Zion Williamson is the top ranked wing and No. 3 overall player in the ESPN 60 for 2018 and he’s got a resume that could hold up to any player in the country, regardless of class. Williamson took home Co-MVP of the prestigious NBPA Top 100 Camp after leading his team to the title then won MVP of the Elite 24, where he also took home slam dunk championship hardware. Williamson led Spartanburg Day School (Spartanburg, S.C.) to a state title last season and now he’s got everyone from Duke to North Carolina to Kentucky, among many others, all giving chase. Now Williamson has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a blog.
Hey, what’s up everybody, my name is Zion Williamson and I’m starting up my own USA Today blog. This will give you some insight about me.
The biggest news going on with me right now is that we’re back in school. I’ve been back in for about two weeks; we’re just now getting into all of our tests and quizzes so it’s starting to get real.
My favorite subject is U.S. History; I really enjoy learning about things that happened before I was here.
It’s crazy that I’m a junior!
I feel like I was just a freshman yesterday. I’m just gonna enjoy it and make the most of it!
I’m trying to have a strong year academically so I won’t have to worry about playing catch-up or anything like that my senior year. I want to be ready for college and the work I’ll be doing there.
Basketball-wise, I’m always looking to get better and I want to lead my team to another state championship. I’m going for that repeat!
This summer was a lot of fun. This was my first year on the adidas circuit and just seeing all of the coaches right on the sideline at all the games. Was just crazy! It’s exciting to get a chance to show them what you can do.
I feel like I took advantage of it.
I think the highlight for me was definitely winning Co-MVP of the NBPA Top 100 Camp and helping my team win the championship in June. Things really changed for me after that.
Even on social media; I went from about 900 followers to about 3,000 now on Instagram and on Twitter I went from about 200 to about 1,500 followers.
It’s crazy to think that fans are that passionate about their schools. I think that’s cool though.
On June 15 I could start getting contacted by coaches and since then it’s been pretty crazy!
Just talking to all of the coaches that you see on TV all the time is cool.
I think the most memorable talks was a tie between Coach Roy Williams and Coach K because those are like two legends. Just having the chance to talk to them is amazing!
I knew they were gonna call because they sent me a message asking if I was available to talk, but I couldn’t believe it at first.
The thing I love about talking to the coaches is how much they talk about family. That’s big for me!
I love this part of the recruiting process. Some people don’t like it, but I really enjoy it. It reminds me that my hard work is starting to pay off.
I’m not anywhere close to deciding on anything with me being a junior; I think I’d like to have a decision by the beginning of my senior year so I can sign during the Early Period.
I think I fit into any type of system because I don’t really have a certain position. Sometimes people try and label me, but I don’t look at myself as being locked into one position. I’m just an all-around player that does whatever my team needs.
I loved my experience at the Elite 24 a few weeks back.
Just being able to play in front of NBA scouts against some of the top players in the country was great and the New York environment was the best!
Of course, like most people, I love listening to music; I listen to a lot of Drake, Kodak and different artists like that.
My favorite movie is Coach Carter so I would definitely tell anyone who hasn’t seen that to check that out.
When I’m not hitting the books or on the court working, I like to help out around my community. My school has a program called Interact and it’s a community service program for boys and we just go help with whatever is needed around the town.
I just like to help people so that’s fun to me.
OK everybody that’s it for my first entry.
Plenty more to come.
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