RJ Barrett verbally commits to Duke


Barrett picked the Blue Devils over Kentucky and Oregon. Canada has been producing top-notch hoops talent for the past few years and Barrett is expected to be the next one up the pipeline.

This decision comes after the small forward tweeted on September 30 he trimmed his list to three finalists in Oregon, Duke and Kentucky. Barrett scored 38 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out five assists.

He is also a solid passer and a "capable spot shooter with time and space", but his overall potential on the defensive side stands out because of his wingspan and the athleticism that allows him to keep up with smaller ball-handlers or challenge shots from taller forwards.

Barrett was incredible this summer in leading Canada to a gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup. He went for 38 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists in a win over the John Calipari-coached United States of America team.

Should Barrett remain at No. 1, this would mark the third straight class in which Mike Krzyzewski has landed the No. 1 recruit in the country, following Harry Giles in 2016 and Marvin Bagley in 2017. For that one year, the impact he can have to make it fun for the other stars on the court. Before Friday night, the Blue Devils had already signed two prized class of 2018 prospects: point guard Tre Jones, the younger brother of Duke national title-winning PG Tyus Jones, and small forward Cameron Reddish. All three are ranked among the top six prospects nationally.

Jones, Reddish and Barrett project to slot into the Blue Devils' starting lineup right away in 2018-19.