Duke-bound Zion Williamson suffers a thumb injury in the second half of McDonald’s All American Game



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Zion Williamson, a Duke affiliate, who has become the best-known basketball player in high school due to his acrobatic and powerful dunks, suffered an injury thumb at the end of the second half of the McDonald's All American Game on Wednesday night.

Williamson drove to the basket, lost control of the ball and lowered his right hand to stop his fall. Williamson pressed his thumb on the bench, then was taken to the locker room to be examined. He did not come back and finished the game with eight points and five rebounds in 17 minutes.

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The family released a statement after the game saying that Williamson will see a personal orthopedist on Thursday when he returns home from South Carolina.

One of his teammates, Nazreon Reid, told ESPN that it looked like Williamson had dislocated his thumb.

Williamson ranks second in the country on ESPN. He is part of a Duke recruiting clbad that also includes R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish (ESPN, No. 3) and his partner McDonald & # 39; s All American Tre Jones.

Barrett told ESPN that Williamson had already left the locker room when the team returned after the game ended.


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