Related News Nike released a statement addressing Zion Williamson’s shoe malfunction on the day the Duke star made his return to the court.Williamson missed five games after he sprained his knee when his Nike Paul George “PG 2.5” sneakers ripped less than 40 seconds into Duke’s first matchup against North Carolina on Feb. 20. The freshman, however, was in the starting lineup for Duke’s quarterfinal ACC Tournament game against Syracuse on Thursday. Zion Williamson is so powerful he annihilated his shoe… pic.twitter.com/H9GxcP67pj— Chris Montano (@gswchris) February 21, 2019“We’re thrilled to see Zion returning to the court,” Nike’s statement read, via the Action Network. “After working closely with the Duke Basketball team to examine the issue, we are confident this is an isolated incident.“We continue to work with Duke, and all of our partner programs, to ensure we are providing the best product for their athletes.” Duke star Zion Williamson on ending college career after injury: ‘Thanks, but no thanks’ JUST IN: Nike has issued a statement on Zion Williamson’s return tonight. pic.twitter.com/FEtXxkmeN0— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 15, 2019Williamson has been one of the best players in college basketball this season and is projected to be selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft. He entered Thursday’s game averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 68.3 percent from the field in 2018-19.Williamson switched to the Nike Kyrie 4s, the signature sneaker of Celtics star Kyrie Irving, for the matchup against the Orange.