CHARLOTTE — Zion Williamson will return to motion for the primary time in almost a month on Thursday as Duke takes on Syracuse within the ACC match.

Williamson injured his left knee towards North Carolina on Feb. 20, and the Blue Devils have struggled in his absence, dropping three of six video games.

Amid debate that the ACC Participant of the Yr and certain first general choice in June’s NBA draft ought to sit out the remainder of the season, coach Mike Krzyzewski had supplied assurances Williamson would return and had pointed to Thursday’s recreation because the most certainly date to get again on the courtroom.

Williamson practiced in full all through the week, and Krzyzewski mentioned he anticipated the group would have a fast adjustment interval working its star ahead again into the lineup, placing the Blue Devils squarely again within the nationwide championship image.

“We’ve a re-set button,” Krzyzewski mentioned after a loss to UNC to cap the common season. “If Zion’s wholesome, we now have an opportunity.”

Thursday afternoon, Duke tweeted out a photograph of Williamson lacing up a pair of Kyrie Irving sneakers by Nike.

Lace ’em up #DukeKicks 😈 @KyrieIrving @ZionW32 pic.twitter.com/1NAmuAZG3q

— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) March 14, 2019

Williamson was carrying a Nike Paul George signature shoe, the PG 2.5, on Feb. 20 when he injured his knee. Simply 33 seconds into Duke’s showdown with North Carolina, Williamson planted to make a transfer, however then his shoe gave manner and tore aside on the sole. He left the sport and missed the following 5 video games.

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