Zion Williamson introduces himself to Sweet 16 with highlight-reel dunks, blocks

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaab/players/147096/" data-ylk="slk:Zion Williamson">Zion Williamson</a> had a highlight-filled first half in Duke's Sweet 16 matchup against Virginia Tech (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Zion Williamson had a highlight-filled first half in Duke's Sweet 16 matchup against Virginia Tech (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Zion Williamson does things on a routine basis that raises the question: “Is this a thing that human beings are able to do?”

The first half of Duke’s Sweet 16 matchup on Friday against Virginia Tech wasn’t even 10 minutes old before he already had two highlight-reel plays.

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First, this putback dunk in which the poor Hokie defender was better off just not jumping for that rebound:

Five minutes later, there was this ridiculous block which he hammered off the backboard. It might have been goaltending, but the referees were better off not calling it:

That block was so jaw-dropping that everyone almost stopped playing afterwards.

And he was not done. Williamson had another dunk-block highlight combo in the second half. First, this alley-oop in which his head might have been level with the rim:

And then he had a block from behind after being beaten off the dribble, a recovery that few defenders are capable of.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is why Zion Williamson is unquestionably the No. 1 pick come draft time.

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