"Honestly, with the comparison stuff, it's nice, it's cool, but I don't look into it," the 18-year-old said at the NBA's pre-draft media availability Wednesday, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps. "I just look to be myself. I'm not trying to be nobody. I'm just trying to be the first Zion."
Just being himself resulted in winning the 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy as the best men's player in the country behind 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game throughout his freshman season at Duke.
The 6'7", 285-pound multifaceted forward has arguably become the most hyped prospect since LeBron James, and the New Orleans Pelicans have lucked into position to select him with the first overall pick.
The Ringer's Jordan Ritter Conn put into perspective the franchise-altering impact he will presumably be bringing soon to the Bayou:
"Zion Williamson has a 40-inch vertical and more than 3 million Instagram followers. NBA teams from Phoenix to New York wasted their seasons for a sliver of a chance to draft him. Shoe companies from Portland (Nike) to Bavaria (Adidas) to Fujian province (Anta) are competing for the right to dress him. When he was in high school, he inspired Drake to post an Instagram wearing his jersey. In college, he drew President Obama to one of his games.
"He may soon breathe life into the NBA’s most moribund franchise. Somewhere along the way he became bigger than any city or team. The churning machines of recruiting hype and social and traditional media built a young man into a phenom. But now, as he enters the professional ranks, Williamson has become the machine."
Williamson, however, doesn't care about his own hype.
"I don't really see the pressure," he said Wednesday, per Bontemps. "I'm doing what I love to do, and that's play basketball. I don't try to live up to nobody's expectations. They can set them there, I don't try to live up to them. I just try to be me. Be the best version of myself that I can be."