What Will Zion Williamson Do Next? Duke Star Hints He Will Enter NBA Draft After Exit From March Madness

Zion Williamson has hinted he could declare for the upcoming NBA draft after Duke's March Madness adventure came to a premature end on Sunday.

The Blue Devils entered the tournament as the number one overall seed but lost 68-67 to Michigan State in the Elite Eight stage, falling short of reaching the Final Four for the fourth consecutive year.

In his freshman year in Durham, Williamson has captured the eyes of college basketball and of the NBA world, averaging 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

Williamson's mix of athleticism and skill and his ability to be a threat at both ends of the court have made him the overwhelming favorite to be the first overall pick of the 2019 NBA draft.

The 18-year-old stopped short of committing to professional basketball but admitted he was leaning toward entering the draft.

"I'm not going to make it official," he told reporters after the game, as per Adam Zagoria of The New York Times.

"There's obviously a high chance that I'm going to enter the draft. You got seniors and other players who can potentially go pro, so each year, especially coming to Duke, you gotta enjoy being with that group because it changes every year."

Speaking in the post-game press conference, Williamson reiterated these sentiments.

"A lot is obviously going through our minds right now," he told CBS Sports.

"We're very upset obviously because we wanted to go to the Final Four, but congrats to Michigan State. They deserved it. They played a hell of a game.

"You just look around the locker room and see your teammates and your brothers and you just think this group will probably never play together again."

The NBA draft is scheduled for June 20 this year, meaning the Elite Eight game against the Spartans was in all likelihood Williamson's last college basketball appearance.

According to data from ESPN Stats & Info, Williamson became the first freshman since Derrick Rose in 2008 to break the 100-point threshold in the NCAA Tournament.

The Duke star scored a combined 104 points in four games, 24 of which came in the Blue Devils' loss to Michigan State.

The teenager doesn't have to prove himself between now and June as he's more than impressed scouts across the NBA during his freshman season at Duke.

ESPN suggested he might make a fleeting appearance at the NBA combine next month, but that remains to be seen.

Under the new draft lottery system, teams with the worst three records in the NBA each have a 14 percent chance of landing the number one pick and each have a chance of landing a top-three pick.

That means that, as things stands, the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns are the favorites to draft Williamson in the summer.

The 18-year-old might not be the only high-profile freshman to leave Duke, with R.J. Barrett and Cameron Reddish also expected to make themselves eligible for the draft.

Zion Williamson, Duke Blue Devils
Zion Williamson, #1 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates with his teammates after defeating the UCF Knights in the second round game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 24 in Columbia, South Carolina. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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