Zion Williamson is the eighth Duke player to win the Naismith Men's Player of the Year.
Zion Williamson has joined Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant as the only freshmen to win the Naismith Men's Player of the Year Award.
Williamson, who was recently awarded the AP Men's Player of the Year award, is just the eighth player in Duke history to capture the crown. Davis was the last freshman to win the award during the 2011-12 season and the first Blue Devil since J.J. Redick earned the honor during the 2005-06 season.
It’s official…..The 2019 @citizenwatchus Naismith Men’s Player of the Year is @ZionW32. He is the 8th player in @DukeMBB history and third freshman to ever win the award. Full release > https://t.co/xTekcfrAq9 #Brotherhood 🔵😈 pic.twitter.com/NeDYOJAqah— The Naismith Trophy (@NaismithTrophy) April 7, 2019
In what will likely be his only season in college, Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks while shooting 68% from the field for a Duke team that earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA, but was bounced in the Elite Eight by Michigan State.
In addition to the national honors Zion has collected, such as being named to the All-American team, he also won ACC player of the Year and helped Duke win the ACC tournament.