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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.

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