Zion Williamson is the most fun college basketball player since when? Some of my favorites recently:
- Buddy Hield, Oklahoma (How can you say no to that smile)
- Ben Simmons, LSU (He didn’t need a jump shot then)
- Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky
- Marcus Smart, Oklahoma state (Yeah, I’m a homer but look at the box scores)
- Joel Embiid, Kansas (I’ve never seen a big eurostep from the free throw line)
- Anthony Davis, Kentucky (He averaged 4 blocks per game)
- Thomas Robinson, Kansas (Motor through the roof)
- Ray McCallum, Detroit (Just making sure you’re still reading)
- Steph Curry, Davidson (Probably my favorite collegian ever)
You could argue that Zion’s ascension to stardom is more fun than all of those guys put together. Simmons, albeit fun, was flawed. Towns was a green prospect then and had to meld with other five-star recruits. Marcus Smart attacked a fan, which is NOT fun. Embiid got hurt late in the season, but gave us glimpses of a young Olajuwon. I would say Zion is on the level of Curry (mind-blowing three’s), Davis (the biggest blue chip since LeBron), and Embiid.
Since the general public is getting a break from Williamson Jeff Goodman called up his high school coach from Spartanburg Day School, Lee Sartor, for this week’s Good ‘N Plenty.
Zion, the Point Guard
One of the biggest focal points this year for scouts, analysts, and casual viewers was “What can Zion do besides dunk?” And he answered that pretty quickly showing off how good his offensive IQ is. He is breathtaking in the open floor, not only as a rim-running nightmare, but also as a break starter and distributor.
When Williamson first arrived at Spartenburg Day School Sartor used him as a point guard. Williamson was ONLY 6’3″, 170-ish pounds when he first set foot on campus. Obviously as he got bigger his position changed, but his IQ didn’t. Sartor believes this is the one thing that sets his prodigy apart from most guys his size.
Check out the episode to find out who Sartor compares Williamson to and if he thinks Zion will play again this year.
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3:50 Zion the point guard
10:10 What’s the biggest change in Zion’s game over the past year?
16:12 Zion’s loyalty is a rare commodity
30:42 Zion comparisons from his coach