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No. 1 Prospect RJ Barrett is a Duke Blue Devil

Canadian superstar, R.J. Barrett is a Duke Blue Devil.

Duke landed another stellar prospect and the best player on Canada when Rowan (RJ) Barrett committed to the Blue Devils on Friday evening.

Barrett possesses tremendous scoring instincts and led Team Canada to a historic win over Team USA this past summer.  The sleek, multi faceted wing scored 38 points in that game on a team that feature future teammates Cameron Reddish and Tre Jones.

The young star to be excels in the transition game, easily creating his own shot or dishing an assist.  He has good range and plays with a lot of energy quickly surveying the floor and calculating his move.

Barrett plays his high school basketball for Montverde Academy in Florida.  He has played with some different Nike teams but mostly for Nike Uplay in Canada.  He hails from Mississauga, Ontario.  He made his announcement on the TSN (The Sports Network) which is in his home country of Canada.

Barrett is another can't miss prospect who will make Cameron Crazies blush with his play.  Many feel he will be the top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft which shows the respect he has earned with his play.

Duke Offers Isaiah Stewart

Isaiah Stewart

Duke has offered Isaiah Stewart, a 6-8 PF from Rochester, New York who played for City Rocks on the Nike EYBL circuit.  Stewart is the eighth player in the 2019 class to pick up an offer.

The Blue Devils have been steadily building a relationship with Stewart through assistant coach Jon Scheyer who recently went to visit the prospect.

Stewart most recently transferred to La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.), which is a high school power.  Powerfully built, Stewart worked on his game and physique after an injury setback during his sophomore season.

Stewart averaged 11.5 points per contest and 9.2 rebounds while shooting close to  64 percent from the field during this past seasons Nike EYBL Peach Jam Finals.

Duke has been coming on fast and hard for the paint eating young big man.  Look for the prospect to keep Duke in mind as he close in on a decision and expect a visit to Cameron in the near future.

Duke Offers 5 Star SF Joey Baker

Joey Baker gets Duke offer on visit.

Duke has a visit from 5-Star shooting guard Joey Baker this weekend and he left campus with an offer.  The 2019 rising star plays high school hoops for Trinity Christian Academy in Fayetteville, N.C.

Baker is already a productive player at his age, meaning he will only get better as he matures.  At 6-7 he can shoot over smaller defenders via the pull up jumper or he can launch the three point shot with the best of them.

He understands spacing at an early age and how to maintain good motion on the offensive end.  He is considered the best player in the state of North Carolina in his class and is a consensus 5 star rated player in national rankings.

Canadian Superstar R.J. Barrett Visits Duke

Canadian superstar, R.J. Barrett visits Duke this weekend. Photo-CBC

The nation's top prospect in the class of 2018 will venture to Duke this weekend for his official visit.  R.J. Barrett is the real deal!   The young man is making a name for himself and his nation of Canada proud along the way.

R.J. Barrett led his Canadian National Team to a win over Team USA and in the process earned a gold medal this summer.  He is a can't miss NBA talent who plays his high school basketball for Montverde Academy in Florida.

The big time prospect will be seeing the Duke campus and facilities for the first time this weekend.  During his visit, he will likely get to see this years team as well and perhaps play some pick up with them.

The Blue Devils have zeroed in on Barrett as have other schools.  He has already visited Kentucky and will take three other schools in Arizona,  Michigan and Oregon after his time in Durham.

There will be plenty of playing time a year from now for the Blue Devils in that a mass exodus of players are expected to declare for the NBA Draft.  Duke could conceivably lose their entire starting line up and more after this coming season.

But the Blue Devils reload quickly these days.  They've already gained the services of point guard Tre Jones and the multi talented Cameron Reddish.  And it is no secret that those guys are trying to get others to play beside them for another run at a title.

Barrett is all the rage in that he is the latest Canadian star to gain big time hype.  In fact, most feel he will be the best player from the country which is producing more and more top-tier players yet.

If you are wondering about how this young man would fit into the Duke system, let us count the ways.    Barrett knocked down 38 points in his Canadian National Teams win over a loaded Team USA. He was playing against a talented and older team when he did so.

Quite simply, R.J. Barrett is a scoring machine.  He blows by defenders or can go over them for his perimeter shot.  Barrett also finishes well on the offensive end which is a tribute to his athletic ability.  His length should allow him to be a solid defender at the next two levels of play.  He is capable of guarding multiple positions already and moves well on the court when off ball.

The addition of R.J. Barrett would give Duke  one of the most versatile teams in the nation.  He would also benefit from playing with a stellar point guard on Tre Jones, who is a proven winner and unselfish as was his brother who won a national title at Duke.

It will likely come down to a Fall decision for Barrett and his family who are methodically analyzing their options.  We  will likely know by November or possibly sooner, where this talented young man will play his collegiate career.

Duke has been on a roll in recruiting where they individually structure plans for players to get to the pro game or expand their education.  The Blue Devils put another four players into the NBA this past season and next year there could be more than that.

With that kind of pedigree and to play for a coach who led the USA men's national team to three gold medals, it is a small wonder that Duke is having great success.  Barrett would be a nice fit for the program and Blue Devil fans would certainly enjoy seeing him bring fans to their feet in Cameron.