Zion Williamson tried his best to hold back tears.
But as the 6-foot-7, 285-pound power forward stood next to his mother and reflected on the life-changing moment that happened a few minutes earlier, he cried out of gratitude. The New Orleans Pelicans selected Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday night.
Williamson - ESPN - Pelicans - Name - Brooklyn
“I don’t know what to say,” Williamson told ESPN after hearing the Pelicans call his name at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. “I didn’t think I’d be in this position. My mom sacrificed a lot for me. I wouldn’t be here without her.
“She put her dreams aside for mine. She always looked out for the family first before herself.”
College - Basketball - Player - Year - Season
The reigning college basketball player of the year dominated in his only season at Duke. He averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while making 33 starts. He added 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks per game with an elite combination of size and athleticism.
Williamson provided the Pelicans with star power at the top of a draft class that included five guards selected with the next six picks and three Duke players in the top 10.
Memphis - Grizzlies - No - Selection - Ja
The Memphis Grizzlies used the No. 2 selection to take Ja Morant, an electrifying point guard out of Murray State. He averaged a double-double with 24.5 points and 10.0 assists last season while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field.
Morant was a fringe draft prospect a year ago before taking an enormous leap as a sophomore.
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