Zion Williamson | Before They Were Famous | 2019 NBA Draft 1st Pick Overall – UPDATE

Zion Williamson | Before They Were Famous | 2019 NBA Draft 1st Pick Overall – UPDATE


Before Zion Williamson would be drafted first
overall at the 2019 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans Before Zion Williamson would steal a page
from Kevin Durant’s book, getting choked up talking about his Mom and the sacrifices
she made for him Before Zion Williamson would be compared to
NBA superstars and legends such as Blake Griffin, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, and of
course. Before Zion Williamson would be projected
to sign a rookie contract that would pay him a total of 45 million bucks, assuming the
Pelicans include the 2 year option to his rookie deal. Before Zion would be hit with a $100 Million
dollar law suit, just a day before being drafted first overall. Zion Williamson is expected to make an immediate
impact when he hits the hardwood for the start of the 2019-2020 season with the young New
Orleans Pelicans. Teaming up with the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon
Ingram and Josh Hart, Zion is expected to take the league by storm. After being compared to one of the greatest
to ever play the game of basketball, there is definitely excitement surrounding the NBA
world, and I’m sure, the Pelican’s locker room. The 6 foot 7 285 baller would start his sports
career playing soccer and Quarterback in football, before eventually realizing he was made for
the NBA. I mean, just look at the guy, he’s an absolute
tank. As previously mentioned Zion’s drawn a lot
of comparison to Lebron James, even rocking the same all white suit look on draft night. But it’s not like the success of Zion Williamson
is a fluke. He would start training to become an NBA star
at the age of 5 years old, waking up at 5 AM when he was just 9 years old to work on
his shooting and conditioning. Jeez, I woke up at 7 this morning and it was
hard to turn on my coffee machine. We’re gonna cover that, Zion’s come up,
not me making coffee, and everything you need to know about the NBA’s next potential phenom,
Zion Williamson, here for you on before they were famous. How’s it going on guys? Jarred Bronstein here and welcome back to
Before They Were Famous. In my last video we talked about Bol Bol,
who actually got drafted much lower than expected with the 44th pick. Now we did a Before They Were Famous on Zion
not too long ago, but since then a ton of stuff has gone down so we wanted to keep you
guys updated. Be sure to keep sending in your requests in
the comments down below, and today’s trivia question is which Canadian Rapper got a custom
high school Zion Jersey made Zion was still in High School? It’s standard for celebs to wear NBA players
jerseys from their high school days, but this guy had someone wearing his jersey while he
was still in high school and just 16 years old. Damn. Find out who it we’re talking bout at the
end of the video. But let’s get into it. Zion Lateef Williamson was born on July 6th,
2000 in Salisbury North Carolina. Zion’s mother Sharonda Sampson was a college
track star at Livingstone College, who could reportedly jump 6 feet high, and Zion’s
biological dad, Lateef Williamson who’s 6’5, played college football for North Carolina
State before transferring to Livingstone College. That’s where his two parents would meet
and fall in love, eventually giving birth to Zion. When Zion was 2 his family would relocate
to Florence, South Carolina, but at the age of 5 Late and Sharonda would get a divorce. Aside from the genes he clearly inherited
from his athletic biological parents, Zion’s stepdad, Lee Anderson, also played college
basketball at Clemson, so from a young age it seems Zion was destined to be an incredible
athlete. At 9 years old Zion would get up at 5 am to
train for the game he would eventually dominate. Being coached by his mother, Zion would player
for the Sumter Falcons in the AAU league, playing opponents that were as much as 4 years
older than he was. And while in eighth grade, Zion was standing
at 5’9, which is still tall for a 14 year old. I’m 5’9 and I’m 25. Anyway, due to his height, he can be seen
as the shorter one in his early team photos. Zion would attend the Spartanburg Day school
from his kindergarten years all the way to this senior year in high school. Before Zion would start high school, his family
would move to Spartanburg due to basketball related reasons. In his first year of high school ball for
the Spartangburg Griffins, Zion who would grow to 6’3 would average 24.4 points, 9.4
rebounds, 2.8 assists, 3.3 steals and 3 blocks per game, earning himself All state and all
regional hours. This wouldn’t come easy though, as Zion
would spend his summer days heading into grade 9 in the gym working on his skills and developing
the ability to dunk. Like this. He would lead his team to the state championship
but would lose and head into the summer of 2015 Zion would get his first offer from Wofford. By grade 10, he’d be standing at 6’6,
and it wouldn’t be long before the world would know who Zion Williamson was. Featured in the popular basketball publication
Slam Magazine and being considered one of the best high school players in the world,
Zion Williamson was destined for greatness. In his sophomore years, Zion would help Spartanburg
Day win their first SCISA I-2A Region title in program history, averaging 28.3 points,
10.4 rebounds, 3.9 blocks, 2.7 steals and 2.5 assists Heading into his Junior year, Zion would have
offers from closer to 20 colleges, c including, Clemson, Wofford, USC Upstate, College of
Charleston, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Connecticut, Miami, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Virginia
Tech, N.C. State, LSU and Texas A&M. It wouldn’t be long before North Carolina
and Kentucky would offer him scholarships as well. And there was good reason for the offers,
the kid just kept getting better. In his Junior season Zion would average 36.8
points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2.5 blocks per game. In November of 2016, Steph Curry would retweet
a trending video of Zion playing high school ball, which to 16 year old Zion, was pretty
cool. And Steph seems to have respect for Zion as
well. Williamson would help his school During his
senior years of high school ball, Zion averaged 36.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists
per game, helping Spartanburg win their third consecutive SCISA Region I-2A Championship,
putting up 38 points against Trinity Collegiate School. Williamson would also play in the 2018 Mcdonald’s
All American Game, scoring just 8 points in 17 minutes before a thumb injury would keep
him out of the rest of the game. He would also be forced to miss the Jordan
Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit the following month because of the same injury. But by this point, he would have a total of
offers including a offer from LSU’s tight ends coach to play football. Zion had absolutely no interest in that. Although many experts thought he would end
up at Clemson. Turns out they were wrong. In total, Zion would have 28 offers from colleges
all across the US but would commit to Duke on January 20th, 2018 in a live telecast on
ESPN. Zion would play one year at Duke, averaging
22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 2.1 steals per game. Zion and fellow teammate RJ Barret, who got
drafted 3rd overall to the Knicks, would help lead Duke to the state championship game where
Zion would win Tournament MVP honors, becoming the sixth freshman to do so. He averaged 27 points and 10 rebounds while
making 33 of 43 shots. During the insanely popular 2019 NCAA Tournament,
CBS, the official partner of the tournament devoted a camera specifically for Williamson
called the “Zion Cam”, which would film only Zion throughout Duke’s games. It was a smart move because they captured
plays like this. Duke would lose in the Elite 8 to Michigan
State but Zion would shoot 68 percent from the field, leading the ACC and ranking second
in the NCAA division 1. It was also the highest field goal percentage
ever by a freshman. He also joined some nice company, being the
third freshman to record 500 points, 50 steals and 50 blocked shots in a season. The other two: Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant. He also joins Davis as just the second freshman
to win the Naismith award and go first overall. We just did a Before They Were Famous video
on AD so check it out after this one. On April 15th, 2019 Williamson would declare
for the 2019 NBA draft. After the Pelicans would win the lottery,
there were rumours that Zion would potentially return to Duke for a second season. Zion’s step father, Lee Anderson said they’re
excited about Zion possibly playing in New Orleans and shot down rumours of a potential
return saying “it’s not something they even considered.” And as you guys now know, Zion Williamson
was the first overall pick of the 2019 NBA draft, going to the New Orleans Pelicans. But just a day before Zion would hear his
name called, he was hit with a 100 million dollar law suit. Prime Sports Marketing LLC and company president
Gina Ford filed a lawsuit Wednesday in a Florida court, accusing Williamson and the agency
now representing him of breach of contract. Williamson signed with Prime Sports in April
before hiring a player agent, but filed a lawsuit himself to terminate the 5 year contract
after he decided to move to Creative Artists Agency in May. Prime Sports is seeking $100 million in punitive
damages against Williams, CAA, and two of CAA’s employees. In a statement to The Associated Press on
Wednesday night, Ford’s attorneys said she “has worked tremendously hard to build Prime
Sports Marketing into a competitive marketing and branding consulting firm while raising
a family. She’s deeply saddened and disappointed that
what was once a promising business with Mr. Williamson has now resorted to legal action.” Now because this lawsuit just came out literally
2 days ago, we don’t know how its going to pan out. Maybe they’ll settle? Or maybe it goes to court. Who knows, what I do know, is Zion Williamson
is going to be an absolute animal in the NBA for years to come. He’s not expected to be the saviour of the
Pelicans, who only reached the playoffs twice in the past 6 seasons. But he’ll definitely help a team with such
a young core including Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, all newly acquired
in the trade for Anthony Davis. As always I want to hear from you guys, so
let me know your thoughts on Zion Williamson and how you think he’ll do with the new,
young and exciting New Orleans Pelicans. Before we wrap this up, I asked you guys which
Canadian Rapper got a custom high school Zion Jersey made. Well it was none other than Toronto’s very
own Drake. But that’s it for me guys, My name is Jarred
Bronstein. If you haven’t Subscribed to our channel be
sure to do that right now. Also check out some of our other videos we’ve
done on other up and coming NBA stars like Bol Bol. You can find me on social media @bronst7. I’ll see you guys in another video.

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100 Comments

  1. Please do Gary Sanchez he’s my favorite mlb player!!! Like this so he sees I’m only 11 and it would be amazing

  2. where tf he gon get 100 mill he hasnt even played a game yet in the nba and he wouldnt even be earning dat much yet, they trippin

  3. Zion is 6'8. People don't wanna say he's 6'8 so there's no contraversy of comparison to LeBron James. They're the same height.
    Lamelo Ball is shorter at 6'7 without shoes and Zion is like 6'9 in shoes, 6'8 barefoot.

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