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Duke men's basketball's Zion Williamson wins AP, Naismith, Wooden Player of the Year awards

R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson led Duke to an ACC tournament title and Elite Eight appearance this season.
R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson led Duke to an ACC tournament title and Elite Eight appearance this season.

Zion Williamson electrified the crowds during his freshman season at Duke. 

Now the accolades are raining in.

Williamson was named the John Wooden Player of the Year Friday night beating out the likes of Ja Morant, Grant Williams, Cassius Winston and fellow freshman R.J. Barrett among others. 

Williamson was already named AP Player of the Year April 5, earning 59 of the 64 total votes.  Barrett finished second in the voting with two votes, while De'Andre Hunter, Morant and Cassius Winston earned a single vote apiece. Williamson also became the third freshman and the eighth Blue Devil ever to win the Naismith Player of the Year award Sunday afternoon.

The awards were rolling in for the freshman duo all month, as Williamson and Barrett were previously named AP first-team All-Americans April 3. This is just the second time in history that two freshmen from the same team were named to the first team, and the Blue Devil duo joins the 2010 Kentucky pair of John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins in this club.

This is also the second consecutive year that Duke has a freshman on the AP All-America first team, as Marvin Bagley III took home the honor in 2018.

Williamson received all 64 votes for the All-America team, making him the only unanimous selection. Williams of Tennessee, Morant of Murray State and Winston of Michigan State join Williamson and Barrett on the first team.

Duke's season ended March 31, as Winston's Spartans took down the Blue Devils 68-67. The 6-foot point guard had 20 points, 10 assists and four steals in the contest.

This story was updated Friday night to include Williamson's Wooden award.

Correction: A previous version of this story had the wrong finalists for the award.

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