Canadian basketball phenom RJ Barrett commits to Duke for 2018

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Barrett picked the Blue Devils over Kentucky and Oregon. After forward Marvin Bagley III reclassified in order to become eligible this year, he went on to choose Duke, allowing Barrett to overtake the top spot and come in a year behind him. He scored 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a semifinal victory against a USA team that featured current Kentucky players Hamidou Diallo and P.J. Washington, top-15 2018 recruits in Reddish, Romeo Langford and Immanuel Quickley and Georgia Tech's second-team preseason All-ACC guard Josh Okogie. Gets to the foul line at a very high rate, has some James Harden in his game in that sense.

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"Playing in eight games on the Nike EYBL circuit last spring, the 6'7" forward would average 28 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists. His jump shot is developing, very capable.

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Barrett earned MVP honours at the World Cup in Cairo, scoring 38 points in the Canadians' upset over the United States in the semifinals - despite being one of the tournament's youngest players. The report also said he was "not afraid of the moment" and praised him for his ability to play with confidence.

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Duke, with the addition of Barrett, will likely be the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. Alas, the Blue Devils have thrived with one-and-done players in the recent past and should once again challenge for an ACC title and Final Four berth largely because of Barrett's presence even as a freshman. All three are ranked among the top six prospects nationally. The Blue Devils host Elon on Friday night.

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