Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen said Duke star Zion Williamson has already proved himself enough at the college level and that it's in the 18-year-old's best interest to "shut it down" so he doesn't risk an injury heading into his NBA career.
"I think he's done enough for college basketball, that it's more about him personally now," Pippen said Tuesday as an analyst during a segment on ESPN's "The Jump." "I think for him as a young player (pauses), I would shut it down. I would stop playing, because I feel that he could risk a major injury that could really hurt his career."
Williamson is averaging 21.2 points and 9.4 rebounds a game for the Blue Devils (14-2). Pippen's hot take comes on the heels of Duke's setback loss to Syracuse, a game that saw fellow freshman star Tre Jones go down with an injury — keeping him out indefinitely. Williamson had a career-best 35 points to go with 10 rebounds in the loss.