Duke star Zion Williamson won’t play towards Syracuse on Saturday evening as he continues to get better from a sprained proper knee, the varsity introduced.
Williamson, the consensus top-ranked prospect for June’s NBA draft, left Wednesday’s loss to North Carolina with a Grade 1 sprain after his left shoe fell aside.
He stays day-to-day.
Lower than one minute into Wednesday’s sport, Williamson slipped as he planted exhausting close to the free throw line and broke by way of his left shoe, falling awkwardly. Williamson limped off the courtroom and into the locker room, and he did not return.
Williamson is averaging 21.6 factors, eight.eight rebounds and a pair of.2 steals per sport for the No. 1 Blue Devils (23-Three).
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski stated Thursday that he was “optimistic” about Williamson’s standing.
“The preliminary reviews that we’ve got on Zion’s harm are all optimistic — very, excellent,” Krzyzewski stated on his weekly present on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM. “And the truth that it is a steady situation, a gentle sprain, and we will do what everybody would do, and that is what’s in the very best curiosity of the younger man. And Zion will get correct care.
“… There is no rush. You need to ensure he is fully at 100 p.c.”
Duke misplaced the primary assembly towards Syracuse at house, though Cam Reddish did not play and Tre Jones performed solely six minutes.
With out Williamson towards the Tar Heels, the Blue Devils averaged a season-low zero.84 factors per possession and had been outscored by 34 factors within the paint — Duke’s worst differential in eight seasons. This season, with Williamson off the ground, Duke has hoisted up 44 p.c of its pictures from Three-point vary.
The Blue Devils subsequent journey to Virginia Tech on Tuesday.