News & notes
Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson did the expected on Monday when he announced he was declaring for the NBA draft.
Williamson, the consensus player of the year, made his announcement in a video on Instagram.
“I will pursue my next dream and declare for the 2019 NBA Draft,” Williamson said near the end of the video. “Thank you Duke. This has been the best year of my life.”
Williamson is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick of the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson shot 68 percent from the field and averaged 22.6 points and
8.9 rebounds in 33 games during his lone season at Duke. He made 33.8 percent of his 3-point attempts and excelled defensively with 70 steals and 59 blocked shots. In other college basketball news Monday:
• Virginia guard is entering the NBA draft one week after helping guide the Cavaliers to a national championship in Minneapolis. The 6-foot-5 junior announced his decision via Instagram. Jerome averaged 13.6 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game last season.
• Maryland could potentially lose two key contributors as sophomore forward and junior guard announced they will explore their NBA draft prospects.
• Gonzaga junior forward ,a potential lottery pick, declared for the NBA Draft on and will proceed by hiring an agent. Hachimura, 6-foot-8, averaged 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season, shooting 59.1 percent from the field.
• a 6-5 guard from the College of Central Florida, has received an offer from Canisius, he posted on Twitter. Barnes averaged 9.1 points,
4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 31 games this season. Originally from Harlem, Barnes attended West Oaks Academy in Orlando before Central Florida.
Woods to get Medal of Freedom
A day after Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters title and 15th major tournament in a rousing resurrection of his career, said Monday he would give him an honor almost as exclusive as a green jacket from Augusta National Golf Club: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Trump said on Twitter that he would bestow the award, without saying when. “Because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more important, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!,” Trump wrote.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor, and is awarded to those who make outstanding contributions to national security or national interest, world peace, culture or other public or private endeavors. The medal has been awarded since 1963, and is typically given to a dozen or fewer people each year.
Struff knocks off Shapovalov
Jan-Lennard Struff spoiled Denis Shapovalov’s 20th birthday by posting a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 victory on Monday in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters at Monaco.
The 28-year-old German bounced back from losing the opening set to easily win the final two while prevailing over the 15th-seeded Canadian in one hour, 58 minutes on the clay-court surface.
Struff posted four aces and won 71.7 percent of his first-serve points.