Duke star Williamson suffered sprained knee, is day-to-day

Duke freshman forward Zion Williamson is widely considered the top prospect in the 2019 draft.

Duke forward and top NBA draft Zion Williamson was diagnosed with a Grade 1 right knee sprain and his status is day-to-day, the school announced in a news release.

Williamson suffered the injury in Wednesday’s loss to rival North Carolina.

The 6-foot-7 Williamson left the game 33 seconds into play when his shoe ripped as he planted his left foot. His right knee buckled and Williamson crashed to the court. Williamson limped off the floor under his own power, to never return. The Tar Heels promptly dominated inside and were never really threatened.

Williamson is averaging 22.4 points per game and is widely regarded as the No. 1 overall prospect in a game that was full of them. One player who isn’t on most draft boards, North Carolina center Luke Maye, dominated with 30 points, 14 rebounds and several nifty passes.

Duke wing R.J. Barrett, the consensus second overall pick, scored 33 points to go with 13 boards. Blue Devils wing Cam Reddish is another projected top-five pick and scored a career-high 27 points.

Overall, the top-ranked Blue Devils shot just 20 percent on 3-pointers (8-of-39) and committed a season-high 20 turnovers.

North Carolina scored 62 points in the paint and received 26 points from Cam Johnson.