Author: AP

Published: 6:05 PM EDT April 15, 2019

Updated: 6:05 PM EDT April 15, 2019

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

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

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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.