The national nightmare is finally over, and the biggest star in ​college basketball is ready to get back to slamming down gravity-defying dunks.

​Zion Williamson, who has missed the last six Duke games with a knee sprain following the infamous shoe malfunction, will return ​Thursday night against Syracuse in the ACC tournament. 

​​Despite fellow stars and future Top-5 picks RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish continuing to flourish, Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils have looked relatively toothless without Zion, going 3-3 in games without him if you count the North Carolina game in which he played 30 seconds. 

With 21.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, and his exceptional defense and motor, Williamson lived up to all the hype he had coming out of high school and quickly became indispensable for Coach K. He was just named Sporting News Player of the Year, a further testament to how dominant he can be. 

Zion being back is certainly a major boost for Duke, but Syracuse beat them earlier in the year with Zion, so don't write this off as guarantee for Duke. ​​