Less than a minute into what was perhaps the most anticipated college basketball game of the season, with former President Barack Obama on hand, the nation’s most exciting player and presumed No. 1 pick in the NBA draft suffered a knee injury in a bizarre play.
Duke freshman Zion Williamson’s sneaker blew apart when he planted his foot in the early going in the No. 1 Blue Devils’ game against the rival North Carolina Tar Heels. The strange shoe mishap sent the forward tumbling to the floor and resulted in a knee injury. He immediately clutched at his legs upon going down, and shortly after went to the locker room. Duke then announced that he was shut down for the game due to the knee injury.
While the play awed for its anomaly, it was a scary moment for Williamson and the Blue Devils.
The full extent of Williamson’s knee injury is not yet known.