Chatting Up 2019's No. 1 Prospect, RJ Barrett

One of the top players in the class of 2019, Monteverde Academy standout R.J. Barrett has a number of elite high majors already in pursuit.  We spoke with Barrett about that and where he sees the recruiting process headed over the next few years.

R.J. Barrett has no shortage of hype surrounding him.  Ranked as’s top player in the class of 2019, this 6-foot-6 wing is one of the more dynamic recruits in high school basketball.  And he continues to improve each time he competes. 

Over the summer Barrett competed with Team Canada overseas and made the rounds on the Nike EYBL circuit with the CIA Bounce club.  

“[The summer schedule] was really good,” Barrett told TDD. “I had played last year, so I knew what to expect with it, but overall it was a good experience.”

As he turns his attention to the very early college evaluation process, Barrett says he has no leaders and is “open to anyone”, and also says he has yet to really consider what kind of role or system he’d prefer at the next level.

“Really, it’s just whatever a college coach needs me to do.  I am open to everyone.”

For their part, the Blue Devils have begun tracking Barrett, and the five star has at least taken notice of Coach K’s program.

“They, Duke, are a really good program.  They’ve obviously had a lot of guys get into the NBA, so they are a really good program.  It’s early and I haven’t really looked into how they play, but I know they are a good program.”

When asked for an evaluation of Barrett,’s national recruiting director Evan Daniels said:

“Barrett has very good size at 6-foot-6 and is an extremely versatile talent. Even though he's listed as a wing, he has outstanding vision and can absolutely play on the ball due to his passing ability. Barrett's ball skills and scoring ability are also very good, as the lefty has the body control to take opponents off the dribble or pull up and his midrange jumpers. Barrett's size and length will allow him to guard multiple positions at the next level. Barrett is just a freshman but one of the most promising prospects in high school basketball, regardless of class.”

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