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Five-star Zion Williamson focused on finishing out travel season

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Five-star Zion Williamson, best known for his highlight reel dunks and spectacular chase downs, kicked off his final month of travel basketball in front of standing-room-only crowds and bleachers packed with college coaches.

Though Williamson is a top target for the nation's blue-bloods, in-state programs South Carolina and Clemson have remained undeterred in their pursuit.

“It is something to think about because, living in South Carolina, there is no NBA team. The situation is going to have to fit me, though, if I was to go there. They don’t get that respect that they deserve, so I am looking at stuff like that.”

IN HIS OWN WORDS

Williamson spoke a bit more on Duke, Kentucky and Kansas’ pitches.

Duke: “The whole coaching staff usually texts me every two days; they usually mix it up. They just tell me to come to Duke and to play positions one through four for them and do everything else.

“Coach K knows how to help you deal with the limelight and the expectations of being a big-time player.”

Kentucky: “Coach Cal (John Calipari) texts me every two days. He just says if my dream is to get to the NBA, I can help you do that. They are just known for that, making one-and-dones.

“Coach Cal just says that every game against Kentucky is like a championship game.”

Kansas: “Coach (Bill) Self just says that he has his freshman that is his best player and then he has his veteran guards around him to take some pressure off.”

WHAT'S NEXT?

Williamson will take a deeper look at his college recruitment after he completes the final two weeks of his travel career with the SC Supreme 17-under.

“All of the schools are trying to get me for an official visit, but I am probably going to take most of my official visits to the west coast schools that are far away and then take visits to the local schools,” he said. “I will probably commit in October or November before my high school season starts.

“For me, when I feel like the time is right, I will make my decision.”

RIVALS' REACTION

Williamson could make a commitment before the November signing period, with Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas appearing to be the likeliest landing spots. That being said, one cannot discredit South Carolina or Clemson’s chances.