Duke freshman F Barrett declares for draft

Rex Christensen
April 13, 2019

RJ Barrett of Duke and Kentucky's Keldon Johnson are among the latest big-name stars to declare for the draft, joining the several dozen who have already announced their intentions.

Barrett is projected as a top-three pick in the June 20 draft, along with Blue Devils teammate and fellow first-team All-American Zion Williamson.

Barrett averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists in his freshman season with Duke.

Barrett recorded Duke's first triple-double since 2006 with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 94-78 home win over N.C. State on February 16.

Barrett and Duke lost to Michigan State in the East Regional Final.

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Barrett was the only major conference player to score 13 or more points in every game he played.

His decision to enter the 2019 NBA Draft is not a surprise as he was the top-ranked recruit in the class of 2018.

"I just wanted to thank everyone for all the love and support you've given us all season", Barrett said. "I'll always be a part of the Brotherhood and I hold that very near and dear to my heart".

Fast forward to this week and Barrett is now taking his talents to the National Basketball Association after just one season with the Blue Devils. Barrett will disappointingly remember his last tournament game where he missed the front end of a pair of free throws against Michigan State in the Elite 8 as Duke lost by one.

While other starters-Williamson, Reddish, Tre Jones and Marques Bolden-each spent some time on the bench due to injuries, Barrett's presence on the court remained consistent as one of the team's only two players to appear in every game. He went on to set the ACC's freshman record for total points with 860 and is second in single-season points among all Blue Devils, behind only J.J. Redick's senior year.

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