2018 Top Prospect R.J. Barrett Cuts to a Final Five


The top player in the 2018 class, five-star wing R.J. Barrett, has cut his list to five. Arizona, Duke, Michigan, Oregon and Kentucky make up the schools Barrett will work with moving forward.

I want to thank all the schools that have recruited me,” Barrett said in a release via Twitter. “These are my top 5 in alphabetical order.”


Barrett has widely been considered one of the top players in high school despite class, following recent Duke commit Marvin Bagley. Barrett, the 6-foot-6 small forward from Montverde (FL) Academy, announced on July 31 his intentions to reclassify from the class of 2019 to the class of 2018.

Barrett was a monster all-summer, averaging an EYBL Summer Circuit best 28.0 points per game while hauling in 10.8 rebounds and dishing out 3.0 assists per outing. His biggest moment of the summer came during the semi-finals of the FIBA U19 World Cup where he had a game-high 38 points to go with 13 rebounds and 5 assists to lead Team Canada to a major upset over Team USA.

Barrett led Canada to their first ever FIBA U19 World Cup Championship with a game-high 18 point outing to go with 12 rebounds in their 79-60 win over Team Italy. Barrett earned MVP honors after leading the tournament in scoring with 21.6 points per while also averaging 8.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.7 steals.

“It was just a crazy experience to see how far we came in a couple of weeks. It was an amazing feeling,” said Barrett during a postgame interview. “It’s a hard group of guys, everybody worked hard and fought.”

Most expect Barrett to be a one-and-done player and a lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He stated in his tweet he has yet to finalize any visits.


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