Duke commitment, R.J. Barrett has been named the Naismith High School Basketball Player of the Year. Follow him on Twitter @RjBarrett6.
“It's an honor to receive the Naismith Player of the Year award,” Barrett said. “I want to thank God, my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the Montverde community, as well as all the people who voted for me.”
Rowan "R. J." Barrett Jr. is a 6-7 shooting guard who turns 18 on June 14th. He chose Duke over Arizona, Kentucky and Kansas and will be a part of the nation's top recruiting class.
He is known for his great scoring instinct and leading Team Canada over Team USA where he dropped in 38 points. He will participate in the McDonald's All American game and the Jordan Brand All Star games.
Barrett is a can't miss prospect who continues to get better. He will join Cam Reddish, Tre Jones and Zion Williamson next season at Duke.
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Duke will get a visit from E.J. Montgomery this Wednesday for their game with Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils are hoping to add Montgomery to a stellar class as there are projected losses to the NBA via early entry.
Montgomery is a power forward and one of the best players in the nation. The highly rated young prospect will also be visiting North Carolina for their game with Notre Dame.
Several southeastern schools which include Kentucky and South Carolina are also seeking his service. There is no timetable at this time for his eventual decision. Montgomery was originally committed to Auburn and re-opened his recruitment. He is from Marietta, Georgia and plays for Wheeler H.S.
Despite a class which is destined to be the best in the nation, the Duke Blue Devils are not done with recruiting. Enter the hopes of landing E.J. Montgomery.
The top player on the Blue Devils wish list is E.J. Montgomery, a power forward who plays for Wheeler High School in Marietta (Ga.).
The five-star prospect had committed early to Auburn but reopened his recruitment.
Standing 6-10 and weighing in at 200 pounds, Montgomery could make up for the size Duke will lose in NBA bound stars Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr.
Montgomery has a long list of suitors which includes Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA. He has been selected to the McDonald's All American game which features the nations elite players.
Montgomery is long and athletic with a goo understanding of the game. He can play the high post or mix it up inside. He can take the ball to the rack with authority and continues to develop his outside shot.
He can feel the stretch role at Duke or be a mainstay in the front court. His ability to score with his back to the basket or facing it would bode well for the rising star.