Zion Williamson declares for National Basketball Association draft as Knicks waiting game begins

Zion Williamson declares for National Basketball Association draft as Knicks waiting game begins

He was the third freshman to win the John R. Wooden Award, while also AP Player of the Year, the Naismith Award and the Karl Malone Award as the nation's top power forward.

Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson made it official: The long-awaited announcement that he would turn pro came Monday afternoon.

Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game this year while guiding the Blue Devils to an appearance in the Elite Eight.

Williamson thanked a number of people in the video, including coach Mike Krzyzewski, his mother and Duke fans for their support.

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Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts against the Michigan State Spartans during the first half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 31, 2019 in Washington, DC.

His teammates, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish, both declared for the NBA Draft earlier this month. The NBA Draft Lottery takes place on Tuesday, May 14, in what will be one of the most anticipated nights of the offseason.

The high-flyer is widely expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft. That will determine which team gets the No. 1 overall pick.

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