Zion Williamson of Duke insisted he doesn't know if he's going to declare for the NBA draft and leave Duke early.
Then his words seemingly betrayed him.
After winning the John R. Wooden Award as the nation's outstanding men's player at the College Basketball Awards Friday night, he rattled off memories from his freshman year.
"Just being around each other on and off the court because it was more than basketball," Williamson said during the nationally televised show. "The brotherhood is something real. The bond we had built is second to none so I know I'm going to miss that."
Earlier, Williamson won the Karl Malone power forward trophy.
Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon was a surprise winner of the women's Wooden Award. She and Williamson shared the spotlight during the fifth annual ceremony at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles.
Other winners were RJ Barrett of Duke, Jerry West shooting guard award; Rui Hachimura of Gonzaga, Julius Erving small forward award; Ethan Happ of Wisconsin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar center award; Ja Morant of Murray State, Bob Cousy point guard award; Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, Wooden Legends of Coaching award.
MORE BASKETBALL: The Pelicans have reached an agreement in principle to make former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin New Orleans' new executive vice president of basketball operations, three people familiar with the situation said Friday. … Auburn and basketball coach Bruce Pearl have agreed to a new five-year contract.
FOOTBALL: Forrest Gregg, the great Hall of Fame lineman for the mighty Green Bay Packers of the 1960s that Vince Lombardi called the "finest player I ever coached," died Friday at age 85 in Colorado Springs from complications of Parkinson's disease, according to his wife.
AUTO RACING: Kevin Harvick won the pole for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway in Virginia, the 27th pole of his career and his second this season. … Cole Custer passed Austin Cindric with 20 laps to go and earned his second NASCAR Xfinity victory of the season Friday night at Richmond Raceway in Virginia.