RJ Barrett, a 19-year-old Duke University basketball player from Mississauga, has been working wonders on the court and it looks like he’s headed straight for the top league in the world.
Barrett recently took his college basketball team, the Duke Blue Devils, to the number one spot in the final AP Top 20 and top overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
The 6’7″ shooting guard’s achievements don’t stop there. He led scoring in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) along with his classmate Zion Williamson at 22.6 per game. According to the CBC, Barrett was a first-team all-ACC selection, a consensus first-team all-American, and the USA Today national player of the year.
His success hasn’t gone unnoticed. As it turns out, the NBA has their eyes on Barrett, and he is now a player to watch in the upcoming NBA Draft. Barrett announced this week that he is officially leaving Duke University to make a play for the NBA.
“It was a dream of mine to play at Duke ever since I was a young kid. It’s also a dream of mine to play in the NBA and have great success there,” says Barrett. “After discussing it with my family & coaches, I’ve decided that I’ll be declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft.”
While Barrett is considered one of the top draft picks, he isn’t the only player in Ontario entering the 2019 Draft. Other players going into the Draft include Mfiondu Kabengele, Ignas Brazdeikis, Simisola Shittu, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
The 2019 NBA draft will take place on Thursday, June 20, and Canadian basketball fans are eager to see how Barrett and the other talented players fare.