Zion Williamson Drafted No. 1 by the Pelicans

The 2019 NBA Draft took place last night at the Barclay’s Center, which saw Commissioner Adam Silver announcing the fate of 60 young talented players. Unsurprisingly Zion Williamson, who is considered one of the most exciting prospects in years, was the No. 1 overall pick and was chosen by the New Orleans Pelicans. Williamson only played one season at Duke where the 6-foot-7, 285-pounder averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 68% from the field. He also accumulated numerous accolades during his short time playing for the school and led Duke to the Elite Eight at the NCAA tournament. Sporting a white suit, Williamson thanked his mom after being called up by Silver. “I don’t know what to say. I didn’t think I’d be in this position. My mom sacrificed a lot for me. I wouldn’t be here without my mom,” he told the crowd. Murray State point guard Ja Morant was the No. 2 pick chosen by the Memphis Grizzlies. “It means a lot,” Morant said. “Obviously it means that Memphis sees a lot in me. I’m grateful and thankful to them for drafting me. I’m very excited to play in Memphis.”Rounding out the top three is Duke freshman R.J. Barrett who was picked third by the New York Knicks. Longtime Knicks supporter director Spike Lee cheered from the crowd after Barrett’s named was announced. Take a look at the picks in the 2019 NBA Draft below. And in more basketball-related news, check out our recent Streetsnaps with Ja Morant.1. Zion Williamson (Pelicans)2. Ja Morant (Grizzlies)3. R.J. Barrett (Knicks)4. De’Andre Hunter (Hawks)5. Darius Garland (Cavaliers)6. Jarrett Culver (Timberwolves)7. Coby White (Bulls)8. Jaxson Hayes (Pelicans)9. Rui Hachimura (Wizards)10. Cam Reddish (Hawks)11. Cameron Johnson (Suns)12. PJ Washington (Hornets)13. Tyler Herro (Heat)14. Romeo Langford (Celtics)15. Sekou Doumbouya (Pistons)16. Chuma Okeke (Magic)17. Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Pelicans)18. Goga Bitadze (Pacers)19. Luka Samanic (Spurs)20. Matisse Thybulle (Sixers)21. Brandon Clarke (Grizzlies)22. Grant Williams (Celtics)23. Darius Bazley (Thunder)24. Ty Jerome (Celtics)25. Nassir Little (Trail Blazers)26. Dylan Windler (Cavaliers)27. Mfiondu Kabengele (Clippers)28. Jordan Poole (Warriors)29. Keldon Johnson (Spurs)30. Kevin Porter (Cavaliers)31. Nicolas Claxton (Georgia)32. KZ Okpala (Heat)33. Carsen Edwards (Celtics)34. Bruno Fernando (Hawks)35. Marcos Louzada Silva (Pelicans)36. Cody Martin (Hornets)37. Deividas Sirvydis (Mavericks)38. Daniel Gafford (Bulls)39. Alen Smailagic (Warriors)40. Justin James (Kings)41. Eric Paschall (Warriors)42. Admiral Schofield (Wizards)43. Jaylen Nowell (Timberwolves)44. Bol Bol (Nuggets)45. Isaiah Roby (Mavericks)46. Talen Horton-Tucker (Lakers)47. Ignas Brazdeikis (Knicks)48. Terence Mann (Clippers)49. Quinndary Weatherspoon (Spurs)”I wouldn’t be here without my mom. She did everything for me.”What a moment for Zion Williamson, who shed tears after being drafted No. 1 overall. #NBADraft pic.twitter.com/WBVSRPr04K— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 20, 2019Spike Lee’s reaction when the Knicks selected RJ Barrett at No. 3 … ? pic.twitter.com/vxT3vGUecE— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 21, 2019Click here to view full gallery at HYPEBEAST

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