Duke basketball: Zion Williamson reveals stunning NCAA Tournament pick

Duke basketball standout Zion Williamson (Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball standout Zion Williamson (Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports) /

Former Duke basketball standout Zion Williamson revealed his stunning NCAA Tournament pick. 

It seemed impossible for former Blue Devil superstar Zion Williamson to further put himself in the good graces of Duke basketball fans, but he might have on Sunday night.

Hours after the NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed, which did not include the Duke Blue Devils for the first time since 1995, Williamson was asked by ESPN play-by-play announcer Mark Jones who he liked in next week’s Big Dance.

Jones alluded to the fact that Duke was not in the tournament this year, but Williamson didn’t miss a beat.

“Trick question, if Duke ain’t in it, I ain’t interested,” Williamson said with his famous smile, giving Jones a good laugh as he praised the former Blue Devil’s loyalty to his former team.

Duke fans who were upset that their team would not be getting the chance to compete for a National Championship can now follow the lead of the former star who once dominated the paint inside Cameron Indoor Stadium and not worry about the other 68 teams trying to cut down the nets.

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Zion Williamson’s latest interview came after the New Orleans Pelicans (17-22) dominated the Los Angeles Clippers (25-15) on Saturday night, 135-115.

The first time All-Star posted 27 points, two rebounds, and five assists in the victory on 13-of-16 shooting as New Orleans has won two straight games since being dominated by the Minnesota Timberwolves (8-29) in its first game back from the All-Star break.

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As strange as it sounds, the last time Duke took the floor for an NCAA Tournament game, Zion Williamson was a member of the Blue Devils.

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Duke ended up falling to Michigan State in the Elite Eight, but following the cancelation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament and failing to be selected in 2021, the 2019 Blue Devils were the last to participate in March Madness.

It’ll be at least another year before the Blue Devils are able to try and win the program’s sixth National Championship, and Zion Williamson will have more interest in filling out his bracket next season with Duke reigning supreme.

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