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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke freshman star Zion Williamson will play Thursday when the fifth-ranked Blue Devils play Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Duke confirmed Williamson’s status Thursday morning with an announcement on Twitter. The forward has missed nearly six full games with a knee sprain.
The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson was injured in the opening minute of last month’s loss to North Carolina. The Blue Devils had been 3-3 with Williamson out their lineup.
Williamson — the player of the year and newcomer of the year in the ACC — is averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski had been publicly optimistic Williamson would return for the ACC Tournament. He said Williamson performed well in non-contact practice work last week and his status would depend on how he responded to contact work this week.