There are currently two dozen former Duke players in the NBA. With first-overall selections, All-Stars, and NBA champions among them, there is a matchup between two Blue Devils almost every night. Monday night was no different.
After the game between the Boston Celtics and the New Orleans Pelicans, Zion Williamson, reminisced about the special place Duke has in his heart.
Zion Williamson: "Duke East Campus Is The Best Place I've Ever Lived"
Williamson, who was the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, played one year under Coach K. In his post-game interview, he remembered how fellow Blue Devil Jayson Tatum showed him the ropes when he first came to Durham.
Tatum, who was already a star in the NBA at that point, just having finished his incredible rookie season, still took the time to meet Williamson on campus and showed him around town. Williamson not only appreciates his fellow All-Star taking him under his wings, but he also recalls Tatum telling him that East Campus at Duke was the best place he ever lived in.
All these years later, despite becoming an NBA superstar himself, Williamson still agrees.
"East Campus is still the best place I have ever lived. "- Zion Williamson
Tatum's mentorship of Williamson is what Duke Basketball is about.
Despite all the successes and accomplishments these athletes find later in life, they don't forget where they came from. They keep going back to Duke to help out with the program as much as they can.