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The number one player in the 2019 class just reclassified



Ready for some major recruiting news? R.J. Barrett, the number one ranked player in the 2019 class, is reclassifying to 2018. The 6-6 small forward from Mississauga, Ontario just announced the news in a blog post for USA Today High School Sports.

“Really, it’s been a thought of mine for the last year, but I wanted to wait and see how the season would go and how school would go and when everything went well it became more and more real so I made the decision to go ahead and do it.”

Barrett says that Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Oregon, Texas and UCLA are recruiting him the hardest right now. John Calipari got a long, hard look at him earlier this month when Barrett led Team Canada to an upset of Team USA in the FIBA World Cup. Barrett had 38 points and 13 rebounds in that game, a statement performance on his way to MVP honors.

Barrett was ranked #1 in the 2019 class, and right now, ESPN has him at #3 in 2018 behind Marvin Bagley (who is considering reclassifying to 2017) and Zion Williamson. He says he hasn’t set his visits up yet, and instead is hard at work on chasing the #1 spot in his new class.

With the July evaluation period over and the start of the high school season looming, as Barrett writes, “Big decisions are coming.”


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13 Comments for The number one player in the 2019 class just reclassified

  1. BBNDan7
    1:25 pm July 31, 2017 Permalink

    Well cal just got a lot busier

  2. BCO
    1:47 pm July 31, 2017 Permalink

    This kid should be priority number uno for Cal. We get him, Quickley, Zion, and maybe a PF/C in Bol Bol or the Shittu kid and we’ll be set. We should have some returnees and coupled with some stars in the 18 class, we’ll be a FORCE in 18/19.

  3. BCO
    1:51 pm July 31, 2017 Permalink

    Cal should recruit this kid as a 2. Looks like we’re not getting Romeo but Id MUCH rather have RJ at the 2, Zion at the 3.

    PG – Quickley / Green or Alexander
    SG – Barrett / Baker
    SF – Williamson / Washington or Vanderbilt
    PF – Gabriel / Shittu
    C – SKJ / Bol Bol or maybe Moses Brown (assuming Richards is OAD which may be a little presumptive)

    That team would destory the competition.

    • Ez21
      3:43 pm July 31, 2017 Permalink

      So u want another non shooter on the wing just like briscoe? Zion Williamson is a mismatch at the 4 so why play him at the 3 where he will be away from
      The basket?

  4. TBW3011
    2:13 pm July 31, 2017 Permalink

    Hope we get him on our team. Cal certainly doesn’t know how to guard him.

    • bdmnky81
      3:05 pm July 31, 2017 Permalink

      Was Cal out there playing defense?

    • TBW3011
      5:48 pm July 31, 2017 Permalink

      Lol. Let’s not play this game. Zero adjustments were made, per usual. I love Cal. Mike Decourcey loves Cal. Did you read his article? Believe it or not Cal has weaknesses just like the rest of us.

    • runningunnin.454
      3:16 pm July 31, 2017 Permalink

      I honestly don’t think Cal could cover him.

    • TBW3011
      5:50 pm July 31, 2017 Permalink

      That would be the only way Cal would agree to go zone or trap and get it out of his hands. Make him guard Barrett man to man with zero help for 5 minutes. Lol

  5. D0nc0smic
    2:19 pm July 31, 2017 Permalink

    This was the real reason Jamal Murray went with Cal to Canada.

  6. timewilltell
    2:53 pm July 31, 2017 Permalink

    My guess – Lawrence Kansas.

  7. Wilfred Smith
    3:08 pm July 31, 2017 Permalink

    Cal needs to bring our big Canadian alums here – Sheray and Cote.

  8. Lukifer
    4:28 pm July 31, 2017 Permalink

    I recall making a comment on the Shittu article last night about him coming to Kentucky and Barrett tagging along. My hypothetical scenario has become closer to reality not 12 hours later.