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Zion Williamson recruiting: Experts now picking Clemson Tigers; won’t sign early

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Zion Williamson may very well spurn the blue bloods to stay home for college.

High School Basketball: Zion Williamson Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The recruitment of Zion Williamson has taken a turn.

While it’s a turn that was being hinted at for some time, it’s still surprising to see that the Clemson Tigers are now the team getting all the buzz for Zion Williamson.

Several Clemson pick have been logged on Williamson’s 247 Sports Crystal Ball this week, including one from recruiting ace Andrew Slater on Wednesday.

Kentucky had previously been the favorite for Williamson in his Crystal Ball, with the Kansas Jayhawks trailing behind. However, crystal ball has flipped to Clemson now being in second place with 27 percent of the picks as of Wednesday morning. Kentucky still leads the way at 47 percent.

And according to Fox Carolina, Williamson will not sign during the fall period, which was expected. Seeing how much buzz Clemson is getting, perhaps it’s a good thing that ZIon won’t decide for awhile, giving Kentucky time to get back in front.

Williamson is, without a doubt, the most well-known high school recruit since LeBron James. He possesses an incredible level of athleticism that seems impossible at his size. He puts that athleticism on display in YouTube dunk reels seen by millions across the world.

One thing that’s almost certainly hurting Kentucky is the number of talented players already set to be on the roster in the 2018-19 season. That will likely include Quade Green, Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, Shai Alexander, Tyler Herro, PJ Washington, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Wenyen Gabriel. Even Jarred Vanderbilt could be back, depending on how well he plays after returning from injury later this season.

That’s a lot of five-star mouths to feed, so perhaps Zion doesn’t think he’ll be the guy in Lexington like he would at Clemson, where he’ll definitely get to take 20-30 shots per game. He wouldn’t be the first recruit to turn down UK to be the man at a smaller school, and he won’t be the last if he does pick Clemson.

In the meantime, Zion began his senior season on Tuesday against Christ School, where he posted 46 points (16-27 FG, 9-16 FT) and 15 rebounds in a 70-62 loss. You can see the highlights from the game here:

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