RJ
Barrett
Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 202 lbs
School/Club: Duke
Status: Freshman
Birthday: 06/16/2000
 

 

About RJ Barrett

RJ Barrett is an assertive lefty scorer who lived up to the lofty expectations he faced at Duke, following perhaps the most accomplished junior career of any player in Canadian basketball history.  The Toronto native staked his claim as one of the top young prospects in the world averaging 14.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game as a 14-year-old at the 2015 FIBA U16 Americas Championship.  Despite frequently playing up multiple age-groups, Barrett found success on a wide array of platforms shining at the Jordan Brand Classic International Game, FIBA U17 World Championship, Nike Hoop Summit, Basketball Without Borders Global Camp, and Geico Nationals with Montverde Academy—all before he opted to forgo his final season of high school basketball and reclassify to the high school class of 2018.  Widely regarded at the top prospect in that class earning McDonald’s All-American honors, Barrett turned in a signature performance in the semifinals of the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship scoring 38 points to upset a US-team littered with other 2019 NBA Draft prospects.  Made his senior national team debut last summer before averaging 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists to earn Consensus 1st Team All-American honors in his only season under Mike Krzyzewski.

Father Rowan Barrett represented Canada internationally and had multiple stints in Greece, France, and Venezuela over his two decades at the professional level.

  • Possesses an impressive blend of size, fluidity, and body control.  Has the dimensions and versatility to fill several roles standing 6’7 with a 6’10 wingspan and a steadily improving 208-pound frame to go along with an unflappable scorer’s mentality.
     
  • Aggressive slasher whose game has rounded out impressively over time to complement his ability to get to the rim.  Played a massive role for the Blue Devils first and foremost looking for his own offense but also contributing as a jump shooter, creating for others unselfishly, competing defensively, and doing a little bit of everything impacting winning in a variety of ways. 

Defensive Analysis

  • Capable on-ball defender who had some nice moments against strong competition over the course of the season and has held his own across a variety of settings over the last several years.  Has room to improve away from the ball in terms of rotations and ability to get in passing lanes but could emerge as a multi-positional defender on the wing as his body matures.
     
  • Allowed 0.551 points per Isolation possession showing solid lateral quickness and good intensity for stretches.  Makes some occasional hustle plays and is a consistent factor on the glass. 

Career Highlights

  • 2018-19 National Player of the Year by USA Today.
  • Finalist for Wooden National Player of the Year Award.
  • Earned Consensus All-America First Team honors.
  • Jerry West Award winner, given annually to the nation’s best shooting guard.
  • Broke the ACC freshman scoring record, previously held by
  • Georgia Tech’s Kenny Anderson (721) in 1989-90.
  • 2017-18 National Gatorade High School Player of the Year.

Freshman (2018-19)

  • Led the ACC in scoring (22.6 ppg), finishing just ahead of teammate Zion Williamson.
  • Named All-ACC First Team.
  • Averaged 7.6 rebounds (10th in ACC) and 4.3 assists (5th).
  • Posted the fourth triple-double in Duke history with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists vs. N.C. State (Feb. 16).
  • Set an ACC freshman record with 26 20-point games.
  • His 11 assists vs. Virginia Tech in the NCAA East Regional Semifinals were a Duke freshman tournament record.

Strengths

  • Size, length, frame and athleticism of prototypical NBA wing.
  • Intelligent player with terrific scoring instincts.
  • Can play on or off the ball.
  • Embraces contact and physicality.
  • Highly competitive defensively.

Personal

  • Godfather is two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash.
  • Father, Rowan, played college basketball at St. John’s, professionally overseas and for Team Canada with Nash.
  • Mother, Kesha, ran track at St. John’s.

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