Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Duke basketball lands No. 1 player in the nation, RJ Barrett

Duke basketball lands No. 1 player in the nation, RJ Barrett

The 6'6 guard, considered the consensus No. 1 player in high school basketball, chose the Blue Devils over Kentucky and Oregon.

If he lives up to his potential, Barrett will be a nightmare matchup for ACC opponents before joining the National Basketball Association ranks as a two-way playmaker who can take over a game on any given night. Technically, however, he's been a member of this class for only a couple of months, having announced his decision to jump to 2018 from 2019 in late July.

Barrett was born and raised in Canada, but plays his high school ball at Florida's Montverde Academy, the same school that produced Ben Simmons and D'Angelo Russell.

In the tournament, Barrett averaged 21.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game on 43.9 percent shooting from the field. It's also the third straight year Duke has had multiple top-five recruits in the same class.

Barrett was previously a Class of 2019 recruit, but reclassified to the Class of 2018 earlier this summer. Although Duke should ask several freshmen to play heavy minutes this season, it's extremely unlikely that all of them will be back for their sophomore campaigns.

Jones, at 6-2, 171 pounds, is the top overall point guard in the country.

Barrett and Reddish both play on the wing, but it wouldn't be hard for Krzyzewski to roll them out together.

Duke, with the addition of Barrett, will likely be the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. For that one year, the impact he can have to make it fun for the other stars on the court.

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