This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
The busted sneaker heard round the world has thrown the college basketball world upside down. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Zion Williamson's Nike inexplicably burst at the seams last week just 34 seconds into the rivalry game with UNC. Williamson was hurt, and has not played since due to what has been called a knee sprain. Duke's certain place in the Final Four come March has now been cast into doubt. Will Williamson return to health? It appears he has avoided serious injury. Would he return and risk further injury, knowing he is almost assuredly the top pick in this June's NBA Draft? Everyone has an opinion.
Seats for that UNC-Duke game sold at Super Bowl level prices, yet Zion, R.J. Barrett and company won't see a dime of those profits. Should college athletes get to reap some of the rewards and get some of the profits? Everyone has an opinion.
Another interesting debate concerns the "One and Done" rule. Should players be forced to go to college for one year (or sit out, or play overseas) before being eligible to play in the NBA? The "One and Done" rule may be the first domino to fall by the wayside.
While I believe Zion will play if deemed healthy enough, it is ultimately his choice whether he wants to come back, and Zion does have an $8 million insurance policy in case his stock plummets a certain amount in the upcoming draft. That is not