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What's the latest on top basketball recruit Zion Williamson? 'Literally no one knows'

Ben Roberts, Lexington Herald-Leader on

Published in Basketball

The plan was to touch base with the five national recruiting analysts that have made up the Herald-Leader's "expert panel" in recent weeks and ask them to handicap the recruitment of Zion Williamson.

The early signing period for college basketball began Wednesday, and Williamson -- arguably UK's top remaining target in the 2018 class -- could make a college decision before it closes on Nov. 15.

The plan hit a snag.

Scout.com recruiting guru Evan Daniels summed it up in a sentence.

"Literally no one knows," Daniels told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday afternoon.

Another national recruiting analyst said that Williamson's recruitment might be the most difficult he's had to forecast in recent years. Yet another added that all of the chatter behind the scenes at this point isn't much more than hearsay.

The 6-foot-6 small forward from Spartanburg, S.C., could very well make a college announcement sometime in the next week, but he hasn't committed to that timetable. As far as a school choice, his commitment is anybody's guess.

What is known: Williamson -- the No. 2 recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings for the class of 2018 -- has narrowed his list to Kentucky, Clemson, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and South Carolina, and he's taken recruiting visits to all six schools this fall.

Four of those trips -- to out-of-state UK, Duke, Kansas and UNC -- have been official visits, and there's a chance he could take his fifth and final official visit to Clemson this weekend. Usually, when a high school recruit gets all of his visits out of the way before the end of the early signing period, it means he's going to sign early.

In Williamson's case, we just don't know yet.

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