Top Class of 2018 recruit RJ Barrett commits to Duke


R.J. Barrett, the top prospect in the 2018 basketball recruiting class, chose Duke over Kentucky and Oregon Friday during a live announcement.

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.

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.

Barrett was born and raised in Canada, but plays his high school ball at Florida's Montverde Academy, the same school that produced Ben Simmons and D'Angelo Russell.

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The top HS prospect in the Class of 2018 announced on Friday night that he will be taking his talents to Duke next fall.

This decision comes after the small forward tweeted on September 30 he trimmed his list to three finalists in Oregon, Duke and Kentucky. After forward Marvin Bagley III reclassified in order to become eligible this year, he went on to choose Duke, allowing Barrett to overtake the top spot and come in a year behind him. Barrett scored 38 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out five assists. The Blue Devils also have commitments from the top-ranked small forward, Cameron Reddish, and the highest-ranked point guard, Tre Jones, the younger brother of former national title-winning Duke point guard Tyus Jones.

Duke, with the addition of Barrett, will likely be the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.