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Chris Haynes: Duke freshman Zion Williamson announces on Instagram that he is declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft.
Zion Williamson became the eighth Duke player to win the Oscar Robertson award, and the seventh Blue Devil to win the AP award. He’s the third freshmen after Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis to capture both awards. “I think the NBA is fortunate to get a young player like you to go in, along with some other stars, and be very productive,” Robertson said.
Oscar Robertson: “The next thing is you don’t know what team you’re going to go to in the NBA, but I hope you get with the right team because you’re going to be a tremendous star for the NBA. It’s just wonderful to have players like you to enter the NBA because the NBA is a great basketball league, and only for players like you will it go forward. So I’m happy to congratulate you on winning this award.”
Zion Williamson, at the Final Four to receive two player of the year awards, said he will not balk at signing with any NBA team. That definitely includes the Knicks. “If they draft me,” he said, “I would love to play for them.”
Pete Thamel: Zion essentially confirms the obvious. Says there’s a “high chance” he enters NBA Draft. Wants to discuss with his parents before saying anything official.
Zion Williamson sent the hearts of Knicks fans aflutter again on Thursday, the eve of his first March Madness game against North Dakota State. “I would love to play for the Knicks,” he said. Asked what he knows about the Knicks, Williamson said: “It’s an historic franchise.”
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Missouri State forward Tulio Da Silva announced Friday he will declare for the NBA Draft, however he will maintain his college eligibility by not hiring an agent.
April 20, 2019 | 6:23 pm EDT Update
Matt Velazquez: Dwane Casey says Blake Griffin will go through warmups and they won’t know until right before the game if he will play. Said Griffin is feeling “much, much” better but the situation with his knee remains “tenuous.”
Greg Logan: Kenny Atkinson said no-call on Allen turnover at the end “was a clear wrap, which was a point of emphasis this year” for officials to call. Rare criticism of refs by Kenny who had no comment on ejections b