In an old 2016 clip, the Pelicans' probable No. 1 2019 NBA draft pick Zion Williamson revealed the reason he signs every autograph. 

By Charlotte Carroll
May 20, 2019

In an old 2016 clip, the Pelicans' probable No. 1 2019 NBA draft pick Zion Williamson revealed the reason he signs every autograph. 

Williamson's comments from a documentary by Home Team Hoops showed the then 16-year-old at his Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School, signing autographs and explaining why he does. The star said in the clip he'd never met Anthony Davis or John Wall but always dreamed of seeing them play and meeting them. 

"When I was little, I looked up to high school players and I would want their autograph and sometimes I couldn’t get it, and I’d just be hurt," Williamson said in the clip. "I said when I grew up, I don’t want to be like that. I want to be able sign every kid’s autograph. No matter how long it takes me.

"I try to sign every kid’s autograph because I don’t want to turn a little kid down because I know it will hurt him because it would hurt me if someone like Anthony Davis, John Wall turned me down. So I try to sign everybody’s."

Williamson, 6'7'', 285-pound, earned Internet celebrity status through his viral dunks and amassed 1.1 million Instagram followers before his decision to attend Duke. He averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists on 68% shooting over the season with the Blue Devils. Duke exited the 2019 NCAA tournament following a loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight, and Williamson declared for the draft in April.

Correction: This article originally stated: "When I was little, I looked up to high school players and wanted their autographs and sometimes I couldn’t get it, I’d be hurt," Williamson said in the clip that was revisited by the New York Post on Monday. "I said when I grew up, I don’t want to be like that. I want to sign every kid’s autograph. No matter how long it takes me. I try to sign every kid’s autograph. I don’t want to turn a little kid down because I know it will hurt them because it hurt me. Anthony Davis, John Wall turned me down. So I try to sign everybody’s."

The quote has been updated to reflect what Williamson actually said. 

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