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So Who is R.J. Barrett?



The U.S.’s 6 year streak of competing for gold at the FIBA U19 World Cup ended today, as they were forced to settle for bronze in a win over Spain, 96-72. Who is the primary culprit to blame for the Americans’ stumble?

R.J. Barrett.

You may be unfamiliar with Barrett, since he’s still only a sophomore in high school, but you’re going to hear his name much more often in the years to come, so if you are only just hearing his name, consider this your introduction to a future star.

Barrett is the top player in the class of 2019 according to 247 Sports. At 6’6″, 180 lbs., he’s not overwhelmingly big for a small forward, but his game is, let’s just say versatile:

Barrett is a product of Montverde Academy in Florida, the same school that produced D’Angelo Russell, Joel Embiid, and UK’s own Dakari Johnson.

As of now, 247’s Crystal Ball is all in on Duke for Barrett, but there’s still plenty of time for Kentucky to make a move. After Barrett’s 38 point performance against Team USA, you can bet Cal is already preparing a pitch for this kid.


Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

4 Comments for So Who is R.J. Barrett?

  1. bosshogg24
    10:02 pm July 9, 2017 Permalink

    Ask Washington and Diallo who R.J. Barrett is, they can tell you!

    • runningunnin.454
      9:04 am July 10, 2017 Permalink

      Barrett is an exceptional talent; I suspect he could take you off the dribble, too.

  2. Luether
    7:04 pm July 10, 2017 Permalink

    “Who is the primary culprit to blame for the Americans’ stumble?” Coach Cal…

    • UK Big Board Update
      8:43 pm July 10, 2017 Permalink

      “Who is the primary culprit to blame for the 2013 banner, two Final Fours, and 4 years of games being vacated?” Coach Pitino

      Enjoy your vacation! #2013LOL 😉