Class of 2018 5-star recruit R.J. Barrett announced on Friday night his decision to attend Duke next season. Barrett is regarded as the No. 1 overall prospect in his class, giving the Blue Devils yet another major piece scheduled for arrival prior to the start of the 2018-19 year.
Barrett’s final decision came down to Duke, Oregon, and Kentucky, before making the announcement final on Friday. The Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, native plays at Montverde Academy in Florida. The decision now allows him to play his senior year with his mind already made up on where he will be playing collegiately next fall.
The 6-foot-6, 180-pound small forward joins what is shaping up to be a historically loaded Blue Devils recruiting class, joining fellow 5-stars Cameron Reddish and Tre Jones. According to 247sports, Reddish is the fourth-best prospect in the country and Jones the sixth-, although he holds the distinction of being the top point guard.
Duke’s incoming 2017 recruiting class isn’t too shabby in itself, boasting four 5-star recruits, which gave the Blue Devils the top-ranked cycle in the game. After forward Marvin Bagley III reclassified in order to become eligible this year, he went on to choose Duke, allowing Barrett to overtake the top spot and come in a year behind him.
The Blue Devils get the news the same day of their 2017-18 season opener against Elon on Friday night. The team plays two games against non-power conference opponents before they are set to meet the Michigan State Spartans at the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday.