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RJ Barrett: “(Calipari) said I gave him 40 and now he wants me on his team to do the same thing.”


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Last night, Adam Zagoria released his interview with the No. 1 player in the class of 2018, RJ Barrett, on his trip to Lexington this past weekend.

While the majority of the interview was pretty straight forward, one quote caused a stir among the BBN, where Barrett said his trip to Lexington was “alright.”

Eric Bossi of Rivals.com also got the chance to interview Barrett on his experience in Lexington, and it’s definitely a lot more pleasing to the Wildcat fan base.

“It was good,” Barrett told Rivals.com. “I got to learn more about the school and how they operate. I got to meet with coach Calipari and coaching staff and really get to know them better so that was great.”

While playing for Team Canada in the FIBA event in Egypt, Barrett scored 38 points against Calipari’s USA team. According to the star forward, Coach Cal is using that game as a recruiting tool.

“That was one of the first things that came up,” said Barrett. “He said I gave him 40 and now he wants me on his team to do the same thing.”

“Positionless” basketball tends to be Cal’s go-to pitch as of late, and it sounds like he’s pitching something similar to Barrett. That being said, with no one committed to Kentucky in the class of 2018 just yet, it’s tough to get a read on the exact role the No. 1 player in the nation will have.

“Coach Cal told me he can’t give me an exact pitch for how I would play just yet because he doesn’t really know what his team is going to look like,” said Barret. “He just knows that I am a fit anywhere and that they can help me get better.”

As far as a final decision goes, Barrett says we’re right around the corner.

“November is the plan,” said Barrett of his timetable for a decision. “I’m just trying to not have to worry about during the season. It will mean more interviews and stuff like that where I’m not focused. I’m a simple person, if I go to a school and see what I like then I’m going to go ahead and commit to going there.”

For the rest of the interview with Bossi, head on over to this link.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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9 responses to “RJ Barrett: “(Calipari) said I gave him 40 and now he wants me on his team to do the same thing.””

  1. mikeintn

    Come on down, BBN would love to have you, think it would be the best decision for you also.

  2. Catcasey1

    Game changer

  3. GoBigBlu

    His commitment = National Title in ’18.

    1. ClutchCargo

      Or, more likely, ’19. 🙂

    2. GoBigBlu

      I meant ‘ 19 🏀

    3. Sentient Third Eye

      No, his talent is so great that his commitment would create a space-warp compressing ’18 and ’19 into one!

    4. GoBigBlu

      👆 Go Cats!!

  4. jchapp07

    Hope we get him and Zion and that’s a championship but I got this feeling he’s going to duke

  5. UKLugo

    …if I go to a school and see what I like then I’m going to go ahead and commit to going there.”
    Most telling quote I read there. Hasn’t committed. Not liking our chances. I see a Quickley,Johnson,Shittu,wildcard ’18 recruiting class. Still pretty good my most standards.