Pelicans choose Zion Williamson as No. 1 pick in NBA draft (Philstar.com) – June 21, 2019 – 9:43am LOS ANGELES – The New Orleans Pelicans made Duke standout Zion Williamson the number one selection in the National Basketball Association entry draft on Thursday (Friday Manila time). The six-foot-seven, 285-pound Williamson wore a white suit and sat with his mother as he heard his name called at New York’s Barclays Center arena. “I didn’t think I would be in this position,” Williamson said. “I wouldn’t be here without my mom. I just want to thank her. She put her dreams aside for mine.” Williamson beat out Murray State’s Ja Morant as the top overall pick. Guard Morant went second to the Memphis Grizzlies. The New York Knicks made Canadian forward RJ Barrett the third pick in the annual selection of college players that helps NBA teams replenish their talent pools. The Pelicans were expected to take Williamson first and he now becomes the new face of the organization that traded NBA big man Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers last weekend. Williamson, who turns 19 on July 6, played one season at Duke where he averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds… Read full this story
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