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Zion Williamson to return but should he stay out?

Nobody doubted Duke basketball's potential at the beginning of the season but once freshman sensation, Zion Williamson hit the disabled list for a knee injury after a freak accident in which his foot burst through his sneaker during a game versus the UNC Tar heels it was evident that Duke needed the 6'7, 285 lb forward.

Duke’s Zion Williamson grimaces after getting injured against North Carolina. (Rob Kinnan/USA Today)

Now, weeks later, Williamson is healthy and ready for the ACC tournament after facing Syracuse first. Zion Williamson became famous in high school for his extreme athleticism and incredible dunks, with some even comparing him to Lebron James or Shawn Kemp. However, basketball fans everywhere have been debating whether or not Williamson should just sit out the postseason and declare for the NBA draft. Some advocates include NBA player Isaiah Thomas but the debate stems more into whether the NBA should allow high-schoolers to go straight to the league.

"Thanks, but no thanks", said Williamson in an interview with NCAA response to sitting out.

The Blue Devils, however, are grateful for Williamson's return. Zion averaged 21.6 points per game during the season which ranks 2nd for Duke and 26th in the NCAA. Williamson also brings a big defensive presence to the game as he totaled 48 blocks and 57 steals. He also led the Blue Devils in rebounding with 8.8 boards a game during the regular season.

In the meanwhile, Duke looks to win the ACC tournament as well as win the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament before Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish (and maybe Tre Jones) leave for the NBA draft.

And maybe Zion should get a reliable pair of sneakers in while he waits.

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