Zion Williamson’s biographyZion Lateef Williamson is a super popular American sportsman with phenomenal physical attributes and an outstanding playing style; he plays professional basketball for the NBA «New Orleans Pelicans» club.
The sportsman (named in the honor of the Zion mount in Jerusalem), due to his impressive physical attributes (weight – 129 kg, height – 201 cm), speed, accuracy, and exclusive ability of a 40-inch vertical jump (approximately 1.02 m), is being called a ‘cliff’, ‘tank’ and ‘flying mountain’.
ChildhoodThe future powerhouse basketball player was born on June 6, 2000, in Salisbury, North Carolina, in the sporty family of Lateef Williamson and Sharonda Sampson. His father was an American football player, and his mother was a sprint athlete and star of the student track, later on – PE teacher and her son’s school basketball team coach.
First stepsIn 2014, during his first year in the Spartanburg Day School middle school, he earned 24.4 points per game. In the March of the next year, in Sumter, he participated in the All-Star Game of the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA). During the season of sophomores, his result had already amounted to an average of 28.3 points, and the young player was named SCISA player of the year.
Career developmentWhen he was participating in contests for young sportsmen in the junior category, he was already earning an average of 36.8 points. In November 2016, on the Tournament of Champions against Proviso East high School he recorded his first 50 points into his repertoire, in December he showcased a record of 53 points in the game against Gray Collegiate Academy.
In June 2017, the charming athlete appeared on the cover of the basketball magazine Slam, and the sports website MaxPreps: High School Sports called him the «National Junior of the Year», and famous rapper Drake published a photo on Instagram wearing his number 12 jersey. People started talking and referring to Zion as the main player of this generation.
Zion Williamson’s personal lifeHe’s not married. Rumor has it that he’s dating a student named Tiana White, but prefers to keep his personal life private. They met in Spartanburg Day School, where she was a member of the cheerleading team. Afterward, she enrolled at Wofford College.
Zion Williamson nowIn April 2019, USA Basketball Federation made it public that they intend to invite the talented «Duke» forward to join the national team for participation at the World Basketball Championship, which will take place in China from August 31 to September 15, despite his then-amateur status and age of 18.
In early 2020, Team USA, along with Zion, defeated the World Team (151:131) in the Rising Stars Game, which was held in Chicago as part of the 2020 All-Star Weekend.