Answering Zion's big NBA draft questions now

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Duke phenom Zion Williamson likely played his final college game Sunday, in a 68-67 loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. So what’s next?

We’ve never seen a prospect quite like Williamson, whose combination of productivity, athleticism, competitiveness, skill and feel for the game makes him the runaway favorite for the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA draft. Combine that with his sheer star power and it’s easy to see why no other prospect is currently under consideration at the top — regardless of which team wins the Zion lottery May 14.

Williamson can sit tight until draft night after his freshman season, as he’ll be under no obligation to prove anything before he hears his name called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET on June 20. Picking an agent will be his camp’s first line of business, though there’s a chance someone close to the family gains certification and negotiates his sneaker deal.

It’s highly unlikely Williamson will do more than a photo shoot at the facility of whatever team ends up with the No. 1 pick, as it’s his call

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