DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – It’s part of the talk in the sports world.
Duke’s Zion Williamson is listed as day-to-day after suffering a grade-1 right knee sprain.
The freshman forward and top NBA prospect went down 33 seconds into Wednesday’s night’s game against UNC after his shoe fell apart.
After Wednesday’s loss, fans around the Triangle and around the nation are weighing in on Williamson’s future and whether if he should sit out for the rest of the season.
“You can understand that from a business standpoint. You can understand that from your future earnings, and all that kind of stuff, but I’m old-fashioned,” UNC basketball coach Roy Williams said. “I think there’s nothing wrong with college athletics.”
For Duke fan Jay Lowe, he understands if Zion chooses to sit out the rest of this season and prepare for the pros.
“A knee injury could ruin your entire career,” Lowe said. “If I’m looking at going to the NBA for a full-time career, why take the chance of injuring your knee worse?”
Meanwhile, UNC alum Kelly Rimer-Surles hopes to see Williamson back on the court sometime this season.
“I’m a Carolina fan, and I love watching that kid play,” Rimer-Surles said. “He’s a good kid. He’s a good player. He’s a generous player. He’s so fun to watch.”
Nike is also at the center of the debate. At the closing bell Thursday, the sports apparel company’s stock was down 1 percent.
Nike did apologize and said it would be looking into the situation.
The NBA is pushing to lower the minimum age for entering the draft from 19 to 18, essentially eliminating the “one and done” rule.