Duke freshman RJ Barrett announces he's headed to the NBA

Aubrey Yates
April 13, 2019

Barrett announced that he will be leaving Duke and entering his name for the NBA Draft. With the unique athleticism and charisma that Zion Williamson holds, it's likely that Barrett's gameday carpooling buddy will come out on top, as many mock drafts show Williamson as the first pick, with Barrett following as a close second or third along with Murray State's Ja Morant. He said playing at Duke is a dream but added that "it's also a dream of mine to play in the National Basketball Association and have great success there". "After discussing with my family and coaches, I've decided that I will be declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft".

"It was a dream of mine to play at Duke, ever since I was a young kid", Barrett said in an Instagram video on Wednesday.

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

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Barrett never scored fewer than 13 points a game this past season, scoring at least 30 points in six games. He sent a ton of love to the "Duke Crazies" and said that he would look forward to coming back to Durham to support the Blue Devils. Like Barrett, both are projected to be among the top 10 selections. He had 33 twice - first in his college debut against Kentucky, and then in a home loss to North Carolina after Williamson left in the opening minute with a blown-out left sneaker and a right knee sprain.

Williamson and classmate Cam Reddish have not yet announced their plans for next season. 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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