Zion Williamson signs to play basketball for Duke University

Spartanburg Day School held a special ceremony Thursday morning to celebrate senior Zion Williamson making his commitment to Duke University official.

The Griffins' #12 and one of the nation's top players committed in January to play for the Blue Devils during a highly anticipated live ESPN broadcast. On Thursday, however, Zion celebrated signing his national letter of intent with a much smaller crowd of those who know him best: friends, family, teammates and teachers.

"When I was five years old I would watch college basketball on television and wish one day that I would have the opportunity to play also," Zion said. "When I shared my dream with my parents, they began to help me achieve this dream through hard work. Fast forward to 12 years later, and I am making my dream a reality. Having the opportunity to play college basketball is a dream come true. Many boys strive for this dream, but few every achieve it. In the Bible, the book of Ecclesiastes says, "To everything there is a season and a time and purpose for everything under Heaven." My time or season here at SDS has prepared me to make the next step in my journey."

Zion's high school accolades include an astounding 3,202 total points scored, 1,131 rebounds, 304 steals, 298 assists and 293 blocked shots. He was one of just 24 players from across the country to be named to the McDonald's All-American Team. Zion served as co-captain of the three-time SCISA state championship varsity boys' basketball team during his junior and senior years and was named the Griffins' team MVP all four years of his high school career. He has also been named to SCISA's All Region, All State and All Tournament teams and earlier this year was named "Mr. Basketball" by High School Sports Report.

"The relationships I have created with my coaches and teammates while at SDS have taught me the meaning of teamwork and friendships," Zion said. "I have also learned how to overcome obstacles; I learned from them to become a better person. Finally, as my season comes to an end at SDS, the experiences have prepared me for this very moment of making my dream a reality by signing my name to a full basketball scholarship to Duke University."

SDS Athletic Director Rita Harrell said she looks forward to watching Zion continue to grow as an athlete and as a person at Duke.

"Zion's accolades and awards speak for themselves. People across the world know who he is and what he can do with a basketball," Harrell said. "I am proud to know Zion as a person and not just a player. I have no doubt that he will continue to be a great ambassador for this game as he moves on to play at the college level and beyond."

Zion Williamson signs to play basketball for Duke University