Duke's Zion Williamson throws down ridiculous 360 dunk against Clemson

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Zion Williamson led Duke in scoring with 25 points in their first game of the new year. (AP)
Zion Williamson led Duke in scoring with 25 points in their first game of the new year. (AP)

Duke hasn’t played a game in more than two weeks over its winter break, but All-World freshman Zion Williamson made sure his presence was felt on Saturday.

In an 87-68 win over Clemson to kick off ACC play, Williamson threw down perhaps his best dunk of the season, a 360 slam that sent the Cameron Crazies into pure hysteria.

Williamson has already put together a season’s worth of highlights just 13 games into his college career. He can leap so high that he can see over the rim. He can start his own fast break. He can cross you over. But a 360 in-game is about the most impressive move he has put on all season.

The likely No. 1 overall draft pick makes everything look easy, which is even more impressive when you consider he’s bigger than all but one current NBA player: 7-foot-3 Boban Marjanovic.

Most terrifying of all was that he called the dunk “a seven or an eight” with better to come. Pray for anyone playing Duke that his 10 doesn’t put another player on a poster.

Fans love Zion, but his teammates are on another level

Cameron Indoor Stadium is already one of the loudest arenas in college because of its intimately small size and rowdy fans. But Williamson gets the crowd going like few others.

As soon as Williamson steals the ball from Shelton Mitchell, the crowd goes wild because it knows Zion is going to throw down a ridiculous dunk. You’ll notice the fans hardly get any louder after the fact because they were just so hyped in the first place.

Teammate and fellow five-star recruit RJ Barrett, who was on the other side of the court at the dunk, saw it coming from a mile away as well, as he celebrated before the score by imitating Zion and emphatically leaping at the same time.

Don’t forget about the first score of the game

The 360 slam will get all of the attention, but Williamson opened the game with another ridiculous dunk.

After a Tre Jones steal, Cam Reddish pushed the ball up the court on the fastbreak and put up a layup that couldn’t find the rim. Not to worry, Williamson was trailing right behind and cleaned up the miss to dunk over a pair of Tigers.

Williamson finished the game with 30 dunks on the season, although it certainly feels like he has a half-dozen more in him. He led Duke with 25 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks on the night for his sixth double-double and upped his season averages to 19.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

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