Why You Should Be On The Zion Williamson Bandwagon

Nearly 10 years ago, Houston-bred rapper Paul Wall had the Internet going nuts. In 2016, high school preps star Zion Williamson has supplanted the diamond grill aficionado as the talk of the World Wide Web.

If haven’t heard of Williamson or know anything about him, maybe this dunk below will entice you to keep reading.

Williamson, a five-star recruit, is a junior at Spartanburg Day School in Spartanburg, South Carolina. To no one's surprise, he’s one of the best high school basketball players in the country. According to ESPN, he’s ranked third in the Class of 2018. Thus far, he’s fielded offers from North Carolina, UCLA, Louisville and more among the who’s who in college hoops.

He stands at 6-foot-7 and tips the scale at 230 lbs. At first glance, his build is what captures your attention, but he's more than just a physical specimen. As imposing as he looks, his dexterity and lithe footwork are just as impressive. Williamson's skill and size allow him to play like a man among boys, which is why many call him a man-child.

Williamson continues to scratch the surface as a notable high school prospect, and he’ll be a household name if he keeps it up. If you aren't a believer, here is a list of reasons why you should alter your thinking.

  • This past summer, Williamson didn’t spend time working at the local carnival like many teenagers. That’s not to say he sat around on his behind. The junior dominated some of the top talents in the country while putting in his work. On the summer circuit, he won the MVP of the Under Armour Elite 24 All-Star game and co-MVP at the NBPA developmental camp.
  • Is it the genes? Maybe so. Zion’s father, Lateef Williamson, played college football at N.C. State, and his mother, Sharonda Sampson, ran track in college. While it’s evident that the high school star works tirelessly at his craft, it also plays in his favor that both of his parents were athletes.
  • Is he the next Larry Johnson? Many pundits are always in search of the next LeBron, Kobe and Jordan, but we may have Grandmama 2.0 resurfacing 25 years after the original came on the NBA scene.
  • Before morphing into a burly forward, Williamson was a guard just two years ago. A four-inch growth spurt changed his position and style of play, but don't worry, the handles are still there.
  • His dunks remind you of Shawn Kemp, LeBron James, Dominique Wilkins, Neon Boudeaux (Blue Chips) and Ty Crane (Coach Carter) all in one.

After reading this list, I'm sure you are enamored by the supremely talented high school star. If not, just watch the video below.

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