RJ Barrett to Reclassify to the 2018 Class


RJ Barrett,  the 6-foot-6 small forward from Montverde (FL) Academy, announced Monday that he will reclassify from the class of 2019 to 2018 in a player blog via USA Today. Barrett’s decision comes less than a week after his high school teammate Andrew Nembhard announced his intentions to reclassify.

“Well, after thinking things over with my family for a while I have officially decided to reclassify to the 2018 class,” wrote Barrett in the blog. “Really, it’s been a thought of mine for the last year, but I wanted to wait and see how the season would go and how school would go and when everything went well it became more and more real so I made the decision to go ahead and do it.”

Barrett, who before reclassifying was ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2019, will be a legitimate contender to be the top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He already holds offers from schools such as Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, Oregon, Arizona, and UCLA, among others.

“I can’t say that there was one thing that tipped my decision to reclassify, but it was more a collective decision based on the whole year,” said Barrett. “My family and I feel like this will be beneficial for me because I’m ready to move up and to be in college a year earlier.”

Barrett will now be considered among the best players in the Class of 2018. The 2018 class is already loaded with talent, including Marvin Bagley III, who is considering reclassifying to the 2017 class.

This summer, Barrett led the Canadian U-19 to an upset win that knocked off Kentucky head coach John Calipari‘s United States team in the semifinals. He scored 38 points in the win and averaged 22 points, eight rebounds, and five assists for the tournament. They would later go on to win a gold medal and Barrett was named tournament MVP after averaging 21.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists.

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