NEWS OBSERVER – Marc Wolff has worked with CBS to produce the NCAA Tournament for 35 years.
This year, he’s seeing something for the first time in his career.
“Because of Zion (Williamson), we have added a camera dedicated to him the whole time he is on the floor,” said Wolff, who has risen to be the network’s coordinating producer of college basketball. “We hired a cameraman, a camera, a digital tape machine to record everything he does.”
That’s never happened before in Wolff’s time with the network, he said, which probably means it has never happened before. Williamson is having that kind of impact on college basketball this season.
If there is one player who has ever deserved their own dedicated camera to follow every step, shot, jump, pass, and pick of the nose…it’s Zion.
The 18-year-old Spartanburg native is a freshman forward for No. 1 seed Duke, which will play No. 16 seed North Dakota State on Friday at 7:10 p.m. in Colonial Life Arena. Williamson and the Blue Devils took the floor Thursday for a 40-minute open practice, and CBS’ new camera was rolling.
“We were recording his workout here today in the event something were to happen,” Wolff said. “We are monitoring Zion 24-7.”
That’s just a smart business decision right there. Zion puts asses in the seats and eyes on the screen. That Duke/UNC game (ShoeExplosionGate) was the most watched weeknight game in ESPN’s history – 4.34 MILLION PEOPLE.
“I thought Bill Walton was a dominant player,” Wolff said, “but this guy…”