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5 - RJ Barrett

Canada 

  • Birthday: 6/14/00
  • NBA Position: SG/SF
  • Class: HS Sophomore
  • Ht: 6-7
  • Wt: 185
  • Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • High School: Montverde Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall

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NBA Comparison: Richard Jefferson

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"

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