For the third straight year, Duke will bring the top recruit in the ESPN 100 to Durham.
R.J. Barrett is going to Duke.
Barrett was the unanimous number one recruit from all scouting websites for the class of 2019 but chose to reclassify to the class of 2018, where he reclaimed the top spot after Marvin Bagley III reclassified to the class of 2017.
The 17-year-old had whittled down his choices to Oregon, Kentucky and Duke and opted to go with the Blue Devils. Now it’s RJ Barrett, a 6-foot-6 wing who hails from Canada. He attacks the rim with long strides and is best known for changing speeds en route to the hoop and finishing through contact. Barrett scored 38 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out five assists.
But his most impressive accomplishment was leading Canada to the gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup. It will be interesting to see how the two feed off one another and the sets the coaching staff will draw up for the elite scoring duo.
Barrett was previously a Class of 2019 recruit, but reclassified to the Class of 2018 earlier this summer.
Barrett’s commitment gives Duke three five-star commitments in the Class of 2018, and boosts the Blue Devils to the No. 1 spot in the 247Sports team rankings over North Carolina.