Notre Dame lost their fifth-straight game Monday night, 83-61, against #2 Duke. The Blue Devils were led by freshman sensation Zion Williamson, who had 26 points and 9 rebounds in the win.
Williamson put on a show before the game even started, throwing down monstrous dunks in warmups, and then bringing that same intensity in the game.
He looked every bit the future lottery pick he is certain to be in the NBA Draft this summer, shooting 10-12 from the field and also adding four blocks on defense.
Personnel from 13 different NBA teams were on hand Monday night at Purcell, taking a look at the guy many expect to be the number one overall pick in the draft.
They weren't the only ones impressed - so too were the Irish.
"I thought he was a little slower on his feet, because of how big he is," Irish freshman guard Prentiss Hubb, a victim of one of Williamson's blocks, said. "He's a really great defender, and I didn't think he could move his feet that quick."
"Give Duke credit," Irish head coach Mike Brey said. "I don't know if I've seen individual gifted talent like that come through our building, at multiple spots. They're really gifted."
As Brey mentioned, Williamson is not the only elite talent on Duke's team. Fellow freshman R.J. Barrett is also in the running for the number one overall pick. Barrett was second among all scorers with 17 points and 9 rebounds.