RJ Barret, Canadian basketball phenom, to play college ball at Duke

Canadian Hoops Phenom RJ Barrett Has Decided To Play For Coach K At Duke In 2018

The Duke Blue Devils added a major piece to their 2018 recruiting class Friday in the form of small forward RJ Barrett.

"He's the son of former St. John's and Canadian national team forward Rowan Barrett and attends Montverde Academy, the same Florida private school that produced 6'10" Australian point guard Ben Simmons, whom the Philadelphia 76ers selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft. "Overall, he's a victor and could lead a franchise one day". They both rank in the top seven in the class of 2018 Recruiting Services Consensus Index (RSCI), a composite incorporating data from several services.

Barrett is the third top-10 commitment in the 2018 class for Duke, joining Cam Reddish (No. 3) and Tre Jones (No. 10).

Originally from Mississauga, Canada, Barrett will head to Duke next year as a polished scorer and defender. Even though he was two years younger than numerous top players at the event, he was the best player on the floor, leading Canada to its first men's global basketball title.

Barrett is regarded as the world's best player for his age, and last summer earned MVP honours in leading Canada to gold at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup. For a country perpetually overshadowed by its neighbor to the south in basketball, it was a landmark achievement that will long be remembered. His final three schools in consideration were Kentucky, Oregon and Duke.

Duke's incoming 2017 recruiting class isn't too shabby in itself, boasting four 5-star recruits, which gave the Blue Devils the top-ranked cycle in the game.

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