R.J. BARRETT

Status: UK target
Shooting guard | 6-7 | 190
School: Montverde (Fla.)
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.
Twitter: @RjBarrett6

Class of 2018 national rankings
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      Many UK fans who were’t aware of Barrett before this past summer saw plenty of him in Canada’s upset victory over the John Calipari-coached USA Basketball U19 squad at the FIBA World Cup in Egypt, a game in which Barrett logged 38 points and 13 rebounds.
      Barrett was a major UK recruiting target before that performance, and he became an even more immediate one when he decided in late July to reclassify from 2019 to 2018, making him a high school senior for this season.
      Barrett is a long, versatile perimeter player who will challenge for the No. 1 overall ranking in the 2018 class. He’s one of the best scorers in the country and has the ability to be a terrific defender at the next level.
      Kentucky, Duke, Arizona, Michigan and Oregon are his five finalists.
      Barrett’s father — former St. John’s star Rowan Barrett — has had great things to say about Calipari and UK in past interviews with the Herald-Leader.
      “There are a lot of positives,” he said. “I love the fact that he fights for his guys, and it really seems to be a priority to him that they do well in their lives, not just them being athletes, but it seems like he really cares about the whole individual, even after they leave Kentucky’s walls. So, yeah, I think he’s great.”

Important dates
Date Note
Sept. 1 Official visit to Kentucky
Sept. 15 Official visit to Duke
Sept. 21 Official visit to Arizona
Sept. 23 Official visit to Oregon
Sept. 29 Official visit to Michigan

24Sports Crystal Ball

See where UK stands in Barrett’s recruitment, according to the predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page.


Summer ball stats

Barrett averaged 21.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game for Canada at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Egypt, leading the team to the country’s first gold medal. He played only seven games on the Nike circuit during the summer due to his schedule with Team Canada, but he led that league with 28.0 points per game and was fourth with 10.8 rebounds per game.


Timetable

Barrett will announce his decision in the fall.


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