Duke’s Zion Williamson knee injury marks him ruled out for rest of UNC game. Freshman sensation Zion Williamson was knocked out of the North Carolina-Duke rivalry game by a knee injury after his Nike shoe blew out during the top-ranked Blue Devils’ opening possession.
Williamson, the ACC’s second-leading scorer at 22.4 points per game and arguably the most exciting player in college basketball, left the marquee game after 36 seconds Wednesday night.
He ended up on the floor near the free throw line, then walked off with a slight limp but under his own power before heading back to the locker room with no shoes on his feet.
Zion Williamson knee injury
The issue with Williamson’s Nike shoe emerged during the Blue Devils’ opening possession Wednesday night, which ended with him on the floor near the free-throw line. He walked off with a slight limp but under his own power, before heading back to the locker room with no shoes on his feet.
He received a point of encouragement from former President Barack Obama, who was seated along the baseline near the Blue Devils’ bench.
ESPN’s Maria Taylor reported that he was watching the game with his family in the trainer’s room.
Williamson, the ACC’s second-leading scorer at 22.4 points per game, has established himself as arguably the most exciting player in college basketball with his array of dunks and once-in-a-generation athleticism.