Earlier this week, Pelicans GM David Griffin announced that the number one overall pick in this year’s draft, Zion Williamson, will make his debut on January 22 against the Spurs.
On Friday, it was announced that the Spurs-Pelicans’ game at the Smoothie King Center would be televised nationally by ESPN.
The 19-year-old Williamson played very well in the preseason but has been sidelined with a torn right lateral meniscus.
Williamson, during his one year at Duke, was the 2019 Naismith Award and John R. Wooden Award. Williamson is just the third freshman to win AP Player of the Year honors, joining Kevin Durant (Texas – 2007) and Anthony Davis (Kentucky – 2012).
Additionally, the Spartanburg, South Carolina native was the recipient of the 2019 Karl Malone Award as the nation’s top power forward, was named the National Freshman of the Year by the NABC and USBWA, the ACC Player of the Year and a consensus First Team All-American.
Williamson appeared in 33 games for the Blue Devils, averaging 22.6 points (16th in the nation; 2nd in ACC) on .680 shooting from the floor (ranked 2nd in the country), 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks.
Williamson helped Duke capture the 2019 ACC Championship, earning ACC Tournament MVP honors, and an appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, averaging 26.4 points and 9.1 rebounds in postseason play.