Sports and business intersect in the recruitment of high-school athletes, removing the competition from the field or court and bringing it into family rooms all across the country. As coaches make their pitches to athletes and their families, ESPN Recruiting Nation is on the trail as well with this weekly studio show that delves into high-school athletes and their potential impact on the college scene. The hourlong program also provides inside information surrounding recruiting news and features analysis from a staff of national and regional experts, including Tom Luginbill, Craig Haubert, Jamie Newberg and Corey Long.
Type: Talk Show
Runtime: 60 minutes
ESPN Recruiting Nation - Zion Williamson - Netflix
Zion Williamson (born July 6, 2000) is an American college basketball player for the Duke Blue Devils in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He attended Spartanburg Day School in Spartanburg, South Carolina. As senior forward with the Griffins, he was ranked among the top high school players of his class and was named McDonald's All-American in 2018. Williamson gained national recognition in high school for his slam dunks and has received several offers from major NCAA Division I programs. On January 20, 2018, Williamson announced that he will play for Duke joining the number 1 and 3 recruits in the country, R.J. Barrett and Cameron Reddish.
ESPN Recruiting Nation - High school career - Netflix
Shortly before the ninth grade, Williamson enrolled at Spartanburg Day School, a small K–12 private school in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Between eighth and ninth grade, he grew from 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) to 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m). In the summer prior to his first basketball season, he trained in the school gym and developed the ability to dunk. As a freshman for the Griffins, Williamson averaged 24.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 3.3 steals and 3.0 blocks and earned all-state and all-region honors. As a sophomore he helped lead his team to win the state championship, where he scored 32 points. As a junior he averaged 36.8 points and 13.0 rebounds per game and led his team to their second straight state championship, where he scored 51 points. Williamson gained national notoriety after a series of mixtapes showcasing his athletic ability, dominating style and flashy dunks went viral. Since, Williamson has garnered attention from the national media, including an interview on ESPN's SportsCenter.
ESPN Recruiting Nation - References - Netflix