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Zion Williamson is already dunking — and shooting — at Duke

Duke recruit Zion Williamson will play in the Jordan Brand Classic in New York next month
Duke recruit Zion Williamson will play in the Jordan Brand Classic in New York next month jlee@thesunnews.com

Zion Williamson is already showing off his basketball skills at Duke.

The incoming freshman, part of the nation's top-rated recruiting class, joined fellow freshmen Cam Reddish and Tre Jones on campus during the K Academy fantasy basketball camp last week.

A YouTube sensation for his highlight-reel dunks during high school and summer league play, the 6-6, 275-pound Williamson is the No. 5 rated player in the incoming freshman class, according to 247sports.com.

Duke also signed the top two players — 6-7 wing R.J. Barrett and Reddish, a 6-7 forward. Jones is the No. 12 player.

A large number of ex-Duke players also returned to campus for the K Academy. Duke posted an Instagram video of Williamson scrimmaging with NBA players (and former Blue Devils) Jahlil Okafor and Amile Jefferson, among others.

Williamson suffered a thumb injury in the McDonald’s All-American game on March 28 in Atlanta. It caused him to not play during the Nike Hoop Summit two weeks later in Portland, Oregon.

But an Instagram video posted Tuesday shows Williamson playing with no health restrictions as he hit outside jumpers and drove with the basketball.

Williamson could have gone to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to try out for USA Basketball’s 18-under national team. But Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said last week he chose to come to Durham instead to take care of getting ready for the July 2 start of summer school.

“He just wanted to get on track to come here,” Krzyzewski said. “So he’s not trying out for the 18-under team. Nothing wrong physically or anything.”

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Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball commit Zion Williamson explains how Coach K secured the five-star from South Carolina.

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