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R.J. Barrett Sets Official Visit Dates, Will Sign Early

R.J. Barrett — the top prospect in the 2018 class out of Montverde Academy (FL) — released his official visit dates via his USA Today player blog on Saturday.

Kentucky receives the first official the weekend of Sept. 1-3, Duke is set for Sept. 15-17, Arizona Sept. 21-23, Oregon Sept. 23-25 and he will finish at Michigan Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

“I’m really focusing on this process and getting my visits in right now because I don’t want to prolong anything because I know the teams, coaches and their style of play,” Barrett said. “That’s why I’ve got the visits back-to-back like this because I want to have a decision by November. I plan on signing during the Early Signing Period.”

Barrett recently reclassified from 2019 up to 2018 where he took over the top spot after Marvin Bagley committed to Duke, moving up a class and joining the Blue Devils for the coming season.

“Of course I saw that I’m ranked No. 1 in the new rankings and that’s an honor,” Barrett stated. “Good or bad, I always look at the rankings as something I can’t control even though I want to be the best. I only focus on the things that I can control and that’s hard work on and off the court. I really just want to get better every day. That’s my goal.”

Barrett is looking forward to his official visits and to getting the process completed, despite signing early, Barrett understands the complexity of his decision on his future.

“This is a big decision so I am taking it very seriously,” Barrett said. “I am definitely excited to get to the campuses and just see what the schools have to offer. I won’t say I’m looking for one thing in particular, each school has their strong points.”

The early signing period begins November 8 and ends on November 15.

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.”

Starting Sept. 9, coaches will flock to recruits homes conducting personal in-home visits. As of now, it is unknown if Barrett will host any coaches.

 

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