Just a day after Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the ongoing college basketball fraud trial was “not what’s happening” and “a blip” that he was not paying any attention to, Zion Williamson’s name came out at trial.
Duke’s top freshman was the subject of a phone conversation between Adidas consultant Merl Code and Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend that was intercepted by the FBI.
A transcript of that conversation was read Tuesday in court, though its contents were not used as evidence, per Dan Wetzel.
Kansas, of course, did not wind up signing Williamson. Duke did. And while nothing that happened at trial Tuesday implicates Duke directly, are we really supposed to believe that Krzyzewski didn’t know that Williamson or someone representing him was asking for jobs, cash and housing in exchange for Williamson’s commitment?
If Duke (or Kansas for that matter) actually made such an offer for Williamson, we don’t have evidence of it.
But the trial is still going, and this might be the moment Krzyzewski starts to tune in.