Roy Williams: North Carolina preparing as if Zion Williamson will play for Duke

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first_img“We’re going to give a scouting report with Zion in it. If he doesn’t play, that’s their decision. … We’ll try to prepare for him being in the game. If he’s not, he’s not, and if he is, he is.”Williamson, who has been dealing with a sprained knee, is in the final phase of his recovery, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said last week. Related News Williamson has been one of the best players in college basketball this season and is expected to be selected with the top pick in the 2019 draft. He’s averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 68.3 percent from the field in 2018-19.North Carolina’s matchup against Duke on Saturday will tip off at 6 p.m. ET. Duke vs. Wake Forest: Three takeaways from the Blue Devils’ narrow win The freshman star, however, remained sidelined for Duke’s 71-70 victory over Wake Forest on Tuesday and Krzyzewski said after that game he does not think Williamson will be on the floor in the team’s regular-season finale at North Carolina.“I have to be careful not to push this,” Krzyzewski said at the time, via The Athletic. “I’d be surprised if he’s not ready by the ACC Tournament.”Williamson originally suffered the injury less than 40 seconds into Duke’s first matchup against North Carolina on Feb. 20. The Blue Devils have gone 3-2 in his absence, including an 88-72 loss to the Tar Heels. Duke is not expecting Zion Williamson to play against North Carolina this weekend. But, that hasn’t altered the Tar Heels’ game plan, Roy Williams told reporters Thursday.“We’re still preparing like Zion is going to play,” Williams said. “At the same time, they’re going to make the decision, we have no say over it, so why worry about that part of it? We’re going to try to prepare to play Duke University and whoever has that uniform on, we’re going to give a scouting report.last_img

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