Zion Williamson injury update: Duke not expecting star to play vs. North Carolina, Mike Krzyzewski says | NCAA Basketball
Duke is not expecting Zion Williamson to play Saturday.
The freshman star, who has been dealing with a sprained knee, is in the final phase of his recovery, coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters earlier this week.
Williamson, however, remained sidelined for Duke’s 71-70 victory over Wake Forest on Tuesday and Krzyzewski said after the game he does not think Williamson will be on the floor in the team’s regular-season finale at North Carolina.
But, Krzyzewski said he believes Williamson will make his return soon.
“I have to be careful not to push this,” Krzyzewski said, via The Athletic . “I’d be surprised if he’s not ready by the ACC Tournament.”
Krzyzewski said the team will definitely get Williamson back at some point this season.
“He’ll be in some basketball workouts now,” Krzyzewski said, via ESPN. “That’s a really good sign for us. For me, it’s a great sign.”
Williamson originally suffered the injury less than 40 seconds into Duke’s first matchup against North Carolina on Feb. 20. The Blue Devils have gone 3-2 in his absence, including an 88-72 loss to the Tar Heels.
Williamson has been one of the best players in college basketball this season and he is expected to be selected with the top pick in the 2019 draft. He’s averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 68.3 percent from the field in 2018-19.
Duke’s matchup against North Carolina on Saturday will tip off at 6 p.m. ET. The Blue Devils’ will most likely play their first ACC Tournament game March 7.