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  • Injured Duke player Zion Williamson, left, sits on the bench during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, March 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2019, file photo, Duke's Zion Williamson (1) dunks during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Clemson, in Durham, N.C. Williamson was named both The Associated Press ACC player and newcomer of the year, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Thursday, March 14, 2019 5:30 pm

Duke: Williamson to play in ACC quarterfinal

ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke freshman star Zion Williamson will play in the Blue Devils' quarterfinal matchup with Syracuse in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

The fifth-ranked Blue Devils announced Williamson's status Thursday morning after he had missed nearly six full games with a knee sprain.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson was hurt in the opening minute of last month's loss to North Carolina. The Blue Devils had been 3-3 with Williamson out.

Williamson — The Associated Press' player and newcomer of the year in the ACC — is averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski had been publicly optimistic Williamson would return for the ACC Tournament. He said Williamson performed well in non-contact practice work last week and his status would depend on how he responded to contact work this week.

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