Zion Williamson entering NBA draft after 1 year at Duke

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FILE - In this March 24, 2019, file photo, Duke forward Zion Williamson (1) dribbles the ball against Central Florida during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Columbia, S.C. Williamson was named the John R. Wooden Men's Player of the year at the College Basketball Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Friday, April 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)

Zion Williamson entering NBA draft after 1 year at Duke

FILE - In this March 24, 2019, file photo, Duke forward Zion Williamson (1) dribbles the ball against Central Florida during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Columbia, S.C. Williamson was named the John R. Wooden Men's Player of the year at the College Basketball Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Friday, April 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Zion Williamson is leaving Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft.

Widely projected as the top overall pick in the June draft, the AP national player of the year announced his decision Monday.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson captivated all of college basketball with his freakish, once-in-a-generation athleticism, his energy at both ends of the floor and his omnipresent charisma.

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The Atlantic Coast Conference player and rookie of the year averaged 22.6 points - tied for the league lead with teammate RJ Barrett - and 8.9 rebounds. Along the way, he became the face of college basketball this season, routinely coming up with at least one highlight-reel play or show-stopping dunk per game.

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