Zion Williamson once hit 400-foot HR, says high school coach
The mythology surrounding Zion Williamson’s athleticism continues to grow ahead of Thursday night’s 2019 NBA Draft, and his high school basketball coach recently relayed a story about the presumptive No. 1 pick demonstrating prowess in another sport that only adds to the legend.
In a conversation with TMZ Sports, Lee Sartor, Williamson’s coach at Spartanburg Day School (S.C.), for four years, said the soon-to-be NBA superstar once uncorked a long ball — not once, but twice — while messing around that went so far it practically defies belief.
“I also witnessed him hit a baseball over 400 feet,” Sartor said. “… He was just messing around on the baseball field, and he said, ‘Let me hit one.’ And he hit the thing over the fence about 400 feet.”
The notion that someone, regardless of overall athletic ability, could hit a baseball 400 feet on a whim is incredibly impressive.
Sartor also addressed how Williamson once threw a football about 70 yards, footage of which previously went viral, again while just amusing himself.
Zion just threw a football 9,000 yards @ZionW32 pic.twitter.com/3gNS6JHvLW— Overtime (@overtime) November 4, 2017
“I actually witnessed that and it was about 70 yards in the air,” Sartor recalled.
It’s been quite some time since a player entered the NBA with so much hype, with perhaps the last time being when LeBron James was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the top pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.
While it remains to be seen if Williamson can have an impact on the league and enjoy as much success as The King, did, the growing legend surrounding him cannot be denied.