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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

Staying close to home -- Clemson is 60 miles from Spartanburg -- has been mentioned in recruiting circles as a factor in Williamson's decision. His stepfather, Lee Anderson, is a former Clemson player and has played a big role in Williamson's recruitment. (Anderson has also said in past interviews that the final decision will be Williamson's to make).

It seems crazy to picture a scenario where Clemson could beat out Kentucky for the Cats' No. 1 basketball target, but it wouldn't be a surprise if that happens in this case. Getting Williamson back on campus this weekend could be huge for the Tigers.

Duke

The Blue Devils were also mentioned (somewhat) prominently in the Herald-Leader's discussions with recruiting insiders this week, and they likely would have come in at No. 3 in an official ranking by the expert panel.

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski has told Williamson that he would play him in the same way he played LeBron James at the Olympics, and that pitch obviously left an impression on the 17-year-old recruit.

The Blue Devils also already have commitments from No. 1 point guard Tre Jones, top-five national recruit Cam Reddish and could land No. 1 overall recruit R.J. Barrett when he makes a college announcement Friday evening. Adding Williamson to that bunch would clinch the No. 1 class for Duke, which will likely be looking to reload again after a 2017-18 season that should yield several more NBA draft picks.

All of that said, some of those who have been talking up Duke as a major player for Williamson have backed off of that stance a tad in recent days.

UK and Clemson seemed to be getting a little more buzz, as of Tuesday night.

Kansas

The Jayhawks exited the summer as the slight favorite on Williamson's 247Sports Crystal Ball page and were viewed as a program to be feared in his recruitment.

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