Zion is back and better than ever 💪The @DukeMBB star becomes the first freshman to win Player of the Year & #ACCTourney Most Outstanding Player! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/gLMEBJkgvY— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 17, 2019Williamson missed the last five games of the regular season after suffering a knee sprain against North Carolina on Feb. 20. But he returned with a vengeance.Williamson looked well-rested in ACC tournament play, averaging 27 points and 10 rebounds. This was a step up from the 22.2 points and 9.1 rebounds he averaged during the rest of the season. Related News There was speculation about whether Williamson would return to Duke for March Madness in an attempt to prepare for the NBA draft. But now it’s clear he is focused on helping the Blue Devils compete for a national championship.Duke lost two of its five games without Williamson — three of six if you count the loss to North Carolina in which Williamson played just 40 seconds — but now it appears to be as dangerous as any top contender in the field. Zion Williamson is making history at Duke.The Blue Devils star became the first freshman to be named player of the year and the ACC tournament’s most outstanding player on Saturday. March Madness 2019: 7 key stats from Duke’s ACC Tournament run Duke ascended to another level with Williamson back on the court and was able to topple Syracuse, North Carolina and Florida State en route to an ACC championship title.The Blue Devils could very well have earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament with their performance, as No. 2 ranked Virginia fell to the Seminoles in the semifinals of the ACC tournament.
"March Madness 2019: Zion Williamson first freshman to win POY, ACC tournament MOP"