During a weekend chalk-full of meetings and events with famous musicians, chefs, Instagram stars and actors, only one has left No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson star-struck: meeting former United States President Barack Obama.
"I expect to make an impact, but I don't expect to do nothing like this", Williamson said after the win, per ESPN. I kind of zoned out after that. "That was all I needed to hear, to be honest". "It felt great. It was even crazier when he started talking about my Duke games. I'm 19, man. You've got superstars you can go and keep up with.' It was insane". Both were excited about getting the chance to meet him and seemingly impressed with his knowledge of their respective careers.
"I can't believe I just met him, I nearly cried", one student exclaimed. Young said Obama told him that with him at point guard, the Atlanta Hawks would eventually turn things around and have a winning season. "Telling me how it's going to turn for the Hawks in the future - it's insane that he knew all those different things about me".
Obama showed up for an NBA Cares event in between Rising Stars practices on Friday morning.
"There's really nothing like it", Vogel said.
No one was more thrilled than Williamson, who made his National Basketball Association debut on January 22 after missing three months with a knee injury. In just his ninth career game on Tuesday night, Williamson went off for a career-high 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists in just 28 minutes of action. Furthermore, Williamson is just the third player with seven 20-point games in his first 10 career games over the past 30 seasons, joining Hall of Famers Grant Hill and Shaquille O'Neal. "He said 'career-high 32, ' man. insane". "For him to keep up with all of us, hats off to him. I've got a lot of respect for him, just knowing us, knowing our stats".