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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

Here's what we do know about his interest in each school, along with some buzz on where each program might currently stand in his recruitment:

Kentucky

Had we not pulled the plug on the "expert panel" this week, it looked like UK was going to end up in the No. 1 spot as the most likely team to land Williamson's commitment. The margin was going to be slim, though, and -- as stated above -- based on more guesswork than anything.

UK's coaches have obviously made Williamson a major priority in this class. The Cats' lone commitment going into the early signing period -- five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley -- is a close friend of Williamson's, and the two players have talked often about teaming up in college. By all accounts, Williamson enjoyed his official visit to Lexington for last month's Big Blue Madness weekend, basking in the attention from the fans and proving himself to be a good fit for the UK spotlight.

To be clear, there are still many in recruiting circles who believe Williamson ultimately ends up at Kentucky, but the confidence level on that seems to have dropped somewhat in recent weeks.

UK does still lead on Williamson's Crystal Ball page, and two of Rivals.com's four national recruiting experts picked the Cats in an article posted Tuesday.

Clemson

To the surprise of some, the Tigers were the No. 2 choice when we asked our expert panel to handicap Williamson's recruitment back in September, before he started his tour of official visits.

Had we followed through on this week's expert panel, Clemson likely would have stayed in that No. 2 position (possibly with more than one No. 1 vote).

Coach Brad Brownell has made the task of keeping Williamson close to home the No. 1 recruiting priority for the Tigers in this recruiting cycle. He hosted the star player for an unofficial visit centered on the Clemson-Auburn football game at the beginning of the fall, and he could get Williamson back on campus for an official visit this weekend.

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