This article sheds the spotlight on Zion Lateef Williamson also known as Zion Williamson. It reveals Zion Williamson net worth, early life, career, controversies, personal life, and more facts about him.
Zion is an American professional basketball player born on July 6, 2000, and recruited to play for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Zion Williamson net worth is estimated at $8 Million dollars.
Zion Williamson Early Life
Zion was born to Lateef Williamson and Sharonda Sampson in Salisbury, North Carolina. His father Lateef who was a 1993 High School All-American, was a football defensive lineman when he attended Mayo High School.
He had already been committed to attend North Carolina State University but attended Livingstone College. His mother Sampson was a middle school health and physical education teacher who was a sprinter while at Livingstone College.
It was reported that she named him Zion after the biblical Mount Zion near Jerusalem. She reportedly followed her grandmother’s advice to name the boy something extra special.
His grandmother died when he was two which made the family move to Florence, South Carolina. When he was five years old, his parents divorced, while the mother remarried and got married to Lee Anderson who was a former Clemson basketball player.
He had set his sights on becoming a basketball player since he was 5 and started waking up to train at 5. am since he was 9 years. He started competing in youth leagues as well as the Sumter Falcons on the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit with his mother Sharonda Sampson as his coach. It was recorded that his opponents were four years older than him.
He later started working with his former basketball star stepfather, Lee Anderson, to hone his skills. He then joined the basketball team at Johnakin Middle School in Marion, South Carolina, to continue working with his mother as his coach. There he averaged 20 points per game and lost 3 games in two years.
While he was attending the Spartanburg Day School in Salisbury, North Carolina, he was ranked among the top five players in the 2018 class and the consensus five-star recruit.
He was reputed to have led his team to three straight state championship wins and to have earned himself the South Carolina Mr. Basketball while he was in his senior year.
He also earned national recognition for his slam dunks while he was still in high school. By the time he was leaving high school, Zion was already a McDonald’s All-American, a Mr. Basketball USA runner-up as well as USA Today All-USA first-team honour.
At Spartanburg Day School, a small private school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Williamson played basketball for the Griffins. When he was between eighth and ninth grade, he hit a growth spurt where he grew from 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) to 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m).
Before his first season, he practiced his slam dunk technique in the school gym as well as played for the South Carolina Hornets AAU team. At that time, he was teammates with Ja Morant.
As a freshman in high school, he earned himself All-State and All-Region honors while averaging 24.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 3.3 steals, and 3.0 blocks.
He also led his school to an appearance at the South Carolina Independent School Association state championship game. By his second year in high school, Williamson stood 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m).
In his sophomore year, he was named the SCISA Region I-2A Player of the Year and also averaged 28.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.9 blocks, and 2.7 steals per game while leading his team (Griffins) to their first SCISA Region I-2A title victory in history.
While entering his junior season, he was selected to be on the 50 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award watch list. He played his first game of the season against Cardinal Newman High School which he won by 42 points and 16 rebounds.
In the same month, he drew the attention of NBA star Stephen Curry. On November 24, in a match against Proviso East High School at the Tournament of Champions, Williamson got 50 points which include 10 dunks along with 16 rebounds and 5 blocks.
At the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic on December 30, he won the Most Valuable Player of the Year.
On January 15, 2017, rapper Drake wore his jersey on his Instagram post which earned him international publicity. On January 20, he surpassed the 2,000-point mark in a match against Oakbrook Preparatory School where he tallied 48points.
The High school Sports Website MaxPreps named him the National Junior of the Year while the USA Times gave him the All-USA first-team recognition. In August, after averaging 22.5 points and 7.2 rebounds in 6 games, he was named MVP of the 2017 Adidas Nations camp.
On the debut of his senior season which was held on November 15, 2017, against Christ School, he erupted for 46 points and 15 rebounds in a 70–62 loss. While on November 21 in a home opener, he led his team to a 70–55 win over Hammond School and recorded 29 points and 11 rebounds.
In a game against Spartanburg Christian Academy at the SCISA Region I-2A tournament on February 17, he scored his 3,000th career point and also posted 37 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 steals.
One week later, in a match against Trinity Collegiate School, he guided his team Spartanburg Day to its third consecutive SCISA Region I-2A championship. Most of Zion Williamson net worth comes from his basketball career.
How He Was Recruited
Zion was offered his first basketball scholarship by Wofford when he was still a freshman in high school but in the summer of 2015, he signed with the South Carolina Hornets AAU team.
By the end of his sophomore year, it was reported that he had received offers from 16 NCAA Division I programs, including Clemson, Florida, and South Carolina but he decided not to make a decision until his senior year. He also didn’t show interest when he was offered a football scholarship by Eric Mateos from LSU.
He received a scholarship offer from Duke on August 30, 2016, which he committed to on a live ESPN telecast that was televised on January 20, 2018.
He said that Duke represented a brotherhood or a family. He said that he felt like going to Duke so as to learn from Mike Krzyzewski who was the most legendary coach that ever coached college basketball.
Williamson’s first game for Duke was a preseason game against the Canadian university Ryerson. He recorded a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds and shooting 3-of-4 from three-point range.
He then became the second player in school history to record at least 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks in a game. He was then subsequently named both player and freshman of the week in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
On February 20, 2020, in a game versus North Carolina, Williamson suffered a Grade 1 knee sprain 36 seconds into the contest after his foot ripped through his Nike shoe, causing him to slip. He could not continue the game which Duke to lost 88–72.
This also caused the value of Nike’s stock to drop by $1.1 billion the following day. The incident also led to growing concerns that Williamson should stop playing basketball at the college level as he has already established himself as a top 2019 NBA draft prospect.
In addition, this resulted in more criticism of the NCAA for not paying student-athletes. Williamson later declared his eligibility for the 2019 NBA draft on April 15, 2019.
On June 20, 2019, Williamson was drafted into the NBA by the New Orleans Pelicans and he officially signed with them on July 1, 2019. He made his official debut on January 22, 2020, because he tore his meniscus on October 13, 2019.
Zion Williamson Net Worth
Zion Williamson net worth is estimated at $8 million. This is garnered from his salary and his endorsement deal with Nike.
He is expected to make up to $20 million over his first two seasons and more because the pay scale is adjusted annually. With that, he can make up to $45 million in his first four seasons.
The shoe endorsement deal he signed with Nike is reportedly worth $75 million over five years. This is about $15 million per year.
It is reportedly the largest rookie shoe deal in NBA history. This is in terms of annual pay, not the total value and this will significantly impact Zion Williamson net worth in the years ahead.