Zion Williamson hails from North Carolina and is currently rattling hoops for Duke Blue Devils in his freshman year.
The left-handed tour de force can play either as a power forward or small forward, and has caught a lot of attention since turning out for his college this season.
Standing 6ft 7in tall and weighing 285lbs, the 18-year-old is being earmarked as a future number one draft pick.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr suggested as much this week when speaking of the youngster, although NBA coaches are forbidden from discussing college stars who will be available in the next year’s trade.
“I thought LeBron James was a one-shot deal but apparently the next guy is coming,” Kerr said in reference to Williamson.
“Before I get fined I am going to change the subject.”
The hype has been questioned by FOX Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe, however.
Speaking on Undisputed, Sharpe expressed the one thing which worries him about Williamson in his journey of being LeBron’s protege.
“It’s too much comparing him to LeBron,” Sharpe asserted.
“LeBron is a once-in-a-lifetime prodigy.
“As great as LeBron was as a high school player, nobody saw LeBron like this in the NBA.”
In assessing Williamson, Sharpe questioned the adolescent’s physique.
“In the old NBA, he’s Charles Barkley – he’s perfect,” Sharpe continued.
“But with the way the game is now, he’ll be undersized playing any position.
“What concerns me most is he’s 18 and 285[lbs].
“He’s gonna have to be on top of his conditioning, because if you’re 285lbs at 18, you could easily be 350lbs, you could easily be 400lbs.”