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5 - RJ Barrett

Duke 

  • Birthday: 6/14/00
  • NBA Position: Shooting Guard
  • Class: HS Senior
  • Ht: 6-6
  • Wt: 195
  • Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • High School: Montverde Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall

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NBA Comparison: Michael Redd

Strengths: 6’6.5 left handed wing … Good size and length for position with a 6’10 wingspan and 8’6.5 standing reach … Natural and high-level athleticism ... Quick first step and ability to elevate ... Finishes and plays above the rim in a way that most of his peers can’t contest or match. Can finish dunks with either hand ... Very good body control and changes speeds well … Led the Nike EYBL in scoring with 28 points per game ... Can serve as a scorer and distributor ... Shooting range extends to the three-point line ... Good step back jumper and scoring ability from midrange ... Developing touch on floater ... Can lead and finish in transition ... Pushes the ball at every opportunity, also effective in the half court ... Consistently attacks and doesn’t shy away from contact or physicality ... Draws numerous fouls and gets to the free throw line at a high rate ... Shot 13.8 free throws per game over the Nike EYBL ... Rebounds very well for a wing. Finished top five on the Nike EYBL with 10.8 per game, with 3.5 coming on offense ... Great tools, athleticism, and willingness as a defender … Shows an understanding of moving without the ball and spaces the floor ... Good court vision and passing ability. Reads the help defender and finds the open man when attacking ... Effective as the ball handler in the pick and roll. Good touch on lob passes and accuracy on bounce passes through traffic; knows when to use them appropriately ... Can cover a lot of ground in a few dribbles ... Plays well in isolation and controls his defender. Can get to the rim off the dribble and attacks any gap in the defense. Protects the ball when driving ... Consistently aggressive and competes. Vocal leader, directs traffic, and shows an advanced overall approach to the game for his age ... Whether it’s scoring, getting an assist, or drawing a foul – he’s consistently making a play ...

Weaknesses: Very smooth athlete, but not overly explosive ... More of a streaky shooter right now ... Shot is flat, needs some adjustment as he has a low trajectory and his release is not clean ... Can shoot from three but can still improve as his jump shooting isn’t a consistent weapon yet ... Shot 31.2% from three over the Nike EYBL ... Struggles when defenders purposely give him space on the perimeter ... Poor free throw shooter at 58.2% over the Nike EYBL … Ball handling can improve especially with his right hand ... Gets sloppy at times and tends to dribble a bit high ... While he distributes well, he can force his passing and driving ... Finished with three assists to 3.4 turnovers per game over the Nike EYBL … Tends to rely on natural ability at this stage … Can improve finishing around the rim in traffic ... Draws fouls at a solid rate but struggles with contact due to lack of strength ... Can be out of control when driving at times and tends to try to draw contact over making a simpler finish ... Although UPLAY Canada lacked a point guard and their offense didn’t have ideal flow to it, Barrett can improve his 43.5% from the field over the Nike EYBL ...

Outlook: One of the top talents in the 2018 high school class after reclassifying over the summer ... Played in the Nike Hoop Summit ... Led Montverde to finish runner up at Dick’s Nationals, scoring 25 points in the championship game ... MVP of Basketball Without Borders ... MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic International Game with 22 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in 25 minutes ... While UPLAY Canada struggled through the Nike EYBL (3-13 overall, 2-6 when Barrett played), Barrett thrived statistically in the two sessions he played in ...

Evan Tomes 11/1/17

Strengths: 6’6 left handed wing … Good size and length for position … Natural and high level athleticism. Quick first step and elevation. Finishes and plays above the rim in a way that most of his peers can’t contest or match ... Very good body control and changes speeds well … Can serve as a scorer and distributor. Shooting range extends to the three point line. Good step back jumper and scoring ability from midrange. Developing touch on floater. Can lead and finish in transition. Pushes the ball at every opportunity, also effective in the half court. Draws numerous fouls and gets to the free throw line at a high rate … Shows ability to drive and finish with his right hand on occasions … Rebounds well for a wing … Great tools, athleticism, and willingness as a defender … Shows an understanding of moving without the ball and spaces the floor … Good court vision and passing ability. Reads the help defender and finds the open man when attacking. Effective as the ball handler in the pick and roll. Good touch on lob passes and accuracy on bounce passes through traffic; knows when to use them appropriately … Plays well in isolation and controls his defender. Can get to the rim off the dribble and attacks any gap in the defense. Protects the ball when driving … Vocal leader, directs traffic, and shows an advanced overall approach to the game for his age …

Weaknesses: Although he can knock down shots from three, he’s not a consistent jump shooter yet. Shoots better when he pulls up with confidence but tends to hesitate. Struggles when defenders purposely give him space on the perimeter … Ball handling can improve especially with his right hand. Gets sloppy at times and tends to dribble a bit high … Tends to rely on natural ability at this stage … Can improve finishing around the rim in traffic. Draws fouls at a solid rate but struggles with contact due to lack of strength. Can be out of control when driving at times and tends to try to draw contact over making a simpler finish … Rotates well defensively but uses his hands and leaves his feet too much …

Outlook: Barrett is known as one of the top talents of the 2019 high school class. He led his team to victory at the Jordan Brand Classic International Game to earn MVP with 22 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in 25 minutes … Played for UPLAY Canada on the Nike EYBL at the 16U level where he finished second in the league in scoring and third in free throw attempts with 25. Barrett averaged 25.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.

Notes: Son of former Canadian National Team Member and Assistant GM/Executive VP of the Canadian Senior Mens Team, Rowan Barrett ... Name is "Rowan Barrett Jr.", goes by "RJ"

Evan Tomes 12/1/16

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