RJ Barrett, Top Recruit, Verbally Commits to Duke

RJ Barrett, Top Recruit, Verbally Commits to Duke

R.J. Barrett, the nation's No. 1 prospect, will be a Duke Blue Devil.

Barrett is a dominant physical force, with a 6-foot-10 wingspan to go along with an athletic 6-foot-6 frame.

This decision comes after the small forward tweeted on September 30 he trimmed his list to three finalists in Oregon, Duke and Kentucky.

Barrett, who reclassified from the 2019 recruiting class to 2018 in order to get to the National Basketball Association a year sooner, is already projected to be a top two pick in the 2019 draft. The Canadian is now the third Class of 2018 commitment for Duke in the early signing period, joining top point guard Tre Jones and No. 3 overall prospect Cameron Reddish to commit to play for head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

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"Next year I will be attending Duke?University", Barrett announced on TSN's Sportscentre in Canada. Barrett scored 38 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out five assists.

Barrett is the son of Rowan Barrett, one of the members of Canada's 2000 Olympics team in Sydney - the last time Canada's men's basketball team made the Olympic Games. In addition to his fellow incoming freshmen, Duke could easily return current freshman and former five-star recruit Gary Trent Jr., giving the Blue Devils an array of perimeter talent that would be tough for any other program to match.

Jones, Reddish and Barrett project to slot into the Blue Devils' starting lineup right away in 2018-19. Although there is a chance the Blue Devils land Zion Williamson and hold the top three players in the class, Duke is not expected to be the leading contender for his services.