CHARLOTTE — Zion Williamson will return to motion for the primary time in practically a month on Thursday as Duke takes on Syracuse within the ACC event.
Williamson injured his left knee in opposition to North Carolina on Feb. 20, and the Blue Devils have struggled in his absence, dropping three of six video games.
Amid debate that the ACC Participant of the 12 months and sure first general choice in June’s NBA draft ought to sit out the remainder of the season, coach Mike Krzyzewski had provided assurances Williamson would return and had pointed to Thursday’s recreation because the most probably date to get again on the court docket.
Williamson practiced in full all through the week, and Krzyzewski mentioned he anticipated the workforce would have a fast adjustment interval working its star ahead again into the lineup, placing the Blue Devils squarely again within the nationwide championship image.
“We now have a re-set button,” Krzyzewski mentioned after a loss to UNC to cap the common season. “If Zion’s wholesome, now we have an opportunity.”
Thursday afternoon, Duke tweeted out a photograph of Williamson lacing up a pair of Kyrie Irving sneakers by Nike.
Lace ’em up #DukeKicks 😈 @KyrieIrving @ZionW32 pic.twitter.com/1NAmuAZG3q
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) March 14, 2019
Williamson was carrying a Nike Paul George signature shoe, the PG 2.5, on Feb. 20 when he injured his knee. Simply 33 seconds into Duke’s showdown with North Carolina, Williamson planted to make a transfer, however then his shoe gave manner and tore aside on the sole. He left the sport and missed the following 5 video games.