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Everything You Should Know About Zion Williamson

Usually, we don’t find out about athletes – their talents and potentials, until they are already in their college years. However, every now and then, there is a story that we get to see unfold from the very beginning. Such is the case with Zion Williamson, a rising star who started making noise well before being near the NBA selection. Keep reading to find out more about his origin, his skills, and how likely it is that this teenager, considered a rising star,  will actually make it into the professional league.

Who is Zion Williamson?

Behind every great star, be it in sports, movies or science, there is a story. In the case of Zion Williamson, some might say he was born to his destiny. With both, his mom and dad having a history of practicing sports as well as his stepfather, Zion’s path was practically pre-destined. He was born in the small town of Salisbury, North Carolina. His parents are Lateef Williamson and Sharonda Sampson and his stepfather’s name is Lee Anderson. The influence of these three adults might have been what would mark Zion for greatness.

Did he get it from his dad?

His father Lateef used to play football and he played for Livingston College back in the ‘90s. Despite getting divorced from Zion’s mom when he was only five, he stayed in close contact with his son. Maybe his father’s words of wisdom contributed to Zion’s decision to dedicate his full time to be the best possible athlete. He carried some of his father’s heritage for sure, as he actually was a football player during his younger years, before deciding eventually on basketball. But Zion might have been influenced by someone else, too.

Was it his mother’s genes?

Just like his father, Zion’s mom used to be an athlete. More specifically, she would run track at a university level at Livingston College. She was one of his most fervent believers and she dedicated a great part of her time to coaching him and his team during school. With her support, from early on, Zion started making waves as the next great promise of basketball. Sharonda Sampson, Zion’s mother, coached him through youth leagues as well as middle school and had been with him every step of the way. Zion described her as her most demanding coach, but not the only family member who taught him what he came to know.

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