The top performer at the prestigious City of Palms Classic was sophomore wing recruit R.J. Barrett.
In the semi-finals, Barrett scored 30 points and helped catapult Montverde (Fla.) Academy to a tough win of IMG Academy. Then a day later, the 6-foot-6 lengthy wing scored 15 points and took home the tournament championship and MVP.
Barrett had the full arsenal working this week, especially on Tuesday. He was effective in transition, hit catch and shoot three-pointers, made shots from mid-range got to the free throw line 18 times.
Already regarded as the No. 1 prospect in the 2019 class, Barrett, if anything, is distancing himself from his peers. He was tremendous for Canada in the FIBA u17 World Championships over the summer and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down as a prospect.
For a wing, Barrett has all the tools you look for. Blessed with good size and length, he’s also a plus athlete with a versatile scoring attack and an impressive feel for the game.
“I try to play defense and let my defense translate into offense and my teammates are always in the right spots so that helps a lot,” Barrett said when asked to describe his game.
Barrett is also a talented passer.
“Just driving and knowing where my teammates are,” he said when asked about his passing. “We have good chemistry.”
A player like Barrett has plenty of recruiting options, even as a sophomore. He’s consistently hearing from the nation’s best.
“Right now, I’m only a sophomore I don’t really know much,” Barrett said. “They talk to my coaches and my dad so I don’t really know.”
“It’s just talking, but I think everyone has some respect for him,” Barrett Sr. said. “I’m just really trying to see. It’s a really big year for him academically and athletically, on the honor roll and just some focuses we have for our family.”
“We figure after this season we will assess where we are and see what’s going on,” he added.
Barrett doesn’t have any visits currently on the schedule.