The Duke Blue Devils added a major piece to their 2018 recruiting class Friday in the form of small forward RJ Barrett.
A 6-foot-6 wing with a blossoming offensive game, Barrett is especially adept at attacking off the dribble, sometimes using his strength and body control to score himself and other times displaying tremendous court vision while creating for his teammates. 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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Barrett, a 6-6, 180-pound, five-star small forward who plays for Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., announced his decision on the Canadian sports channel TSN Friday night. "Overall, he's a victor and could lead a franchise one day". It was the first time that Canada ever claimed a gold medal (in basketball) in global competition.
Barrett was incredible this summer in leading Canada to a gold medal at the FIBA U19 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. In a semifinal bout against a United States team loaded with elite prospects and coached by Kentucky's John Calipari, Barrett dropped 38 points in a 99-87 win.
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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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