It’s really no surprise that Zion Williamson will lead the best high school players in the country in the McDonald’s All-American game at the Philips Arena in Atlanta on March 28.
The 6-7 athletic forward, who plays for Spartanburg Day School in South Carolina, has been laying waste to the high school basketball scene with his combination of power and speed.
Rita Harrell, the school’s athletic director, said that it has always been the goal of Williamson to be named to the All-American. Achieving that goal only shows the amount of hard work he put in.
“Zion has a lot of goals for himself. He’s harder on himself than anyone,” she said. “He has goals that I thought were very ambitious with him playing at a small, academically-focused school like ours.
The All-American is an annual event that showcases the best boys and girls high school players in the country. There are more than 700 players that are initially included before they are pared down to just 48 (24 boys and 24 girls) by the selection committee.
The 17-year-old has been sidelined for two months because of an injury, and immediately showed why he’s an All-American by scoring 31 points in the win over the Asheville Chrisitan on Thursday night.
The 272-pound forward is a highly prized recruit and all the elite schools have been courting him to join their program. Reportedly, Williamson has shortlisted Duke, Kansas, South Carolina and North Carolina, Clemson and Kentucky as possible destinations.
But the five-star prospect quickly distanced himself from all those rumors. “The last time I checked my recruitment was still wide open, but I’m still considering everybody, just listening to their final messages and what they have to tell me,” he said.
Williamson is averaging 31.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.9 steals per game.