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

Ben Roberts, Lexington Herald-Leader on

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Kansas has the adidas connection -- that's the circuit Williamson played on during the summer -- and the Jayhawks' coaching staff has spent a lot of time in South Carolina recruiting him. Williamson also ended up taking his first official visit to Lawrence.

Bill Self was in Spartanburg to see Williamson last week, but there just isn't the same amount of buzz surrounding Kansas now that there was earlier this fall. The uncertain nature of this recruitment means you can't rule out the Jayhawks, but they no longer appear to be in the top tier of possibilities.

North Carolina

Two weekends ago, Williamson was scheduled to take an official visit to UCLA. Instead, he cancelled that trip, cut the Bruins from his list and showed up for an official visit to Chapel Hill instead. A few days later, Roy Williams followed that up by visiting Williamson in South Carolina.

The Tar Heels have always been on Williamson's list -- and the UNC staff has seriously pursued Williamson throughout the recruitment -- but there was never really anything to indicate the Heels had as good a shot to land him as UK, Duke, Kansas or the in-state schools. Now, UNC has a little more momentum in this recruitment, though there's still been nothing to indicate they should be considered one of the frontrunners just yet.

South Carolina

Going into the early signing period, the Gamecocks appear to be -- and keep in mind how uncertain this recruitment is -- the least likely program to land Williamson.

He was expected to be in Columbia on Sunday to see South Carolina play in its final exhibition game. He didn't make that trip (and the Gamecocks' fans chanted "We Want Zion" at the wrong recruit).

Williamson has visited South Carolina for a football game this fall, but it appears more likely that he'll end up at Clemson if he decides to stay close to home and pick an in-state school.

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