Zion declares for draft after 'best year' of life

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Duke freshman Zion Williamson, the consensus player of the year, made it official Monday, declaring his eligibility for the NBA draft.

Williamson, whom ESPN ranks as the No. 1 prospect in the June draft, made his announcement on Instagram, saying it had been the “best year” of his life and thanking those who helped make his dream a reality.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson captivated all of college basketball with his freakish, once-in-a-generation athleticism, his energy at both ends of the floor and his omnipresent charisma.

Williamson, 18, averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while ranking second nationally by shooting 68 percent. He won the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award and was named player of the year by the Associated Press and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

He became the face of college basketball this season, routinely coming up with at least one highlight-reel play or show-stopping dunk per game.

On May 14, the NBA will hold its lottery to determine which team has the right to draft Williamson. New York, Phoenix and Cleveland hold the best odds, followed by Chicago and Atlanta.

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