By John Raslowsky, PSO Asst. Director of Basketball Scouting
Jun 19, 2019

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

School: Duke

Class: Freshman

Age: 19

Ht: 6’7

Wt: 202

Wingspan: 6’10 

Vertical: NA

  • Barrett’s godfather is former NBA MVP and fellow Canadian Steve Nash
  • Won FIBA U-19 World Cup MVP and beat the US team en route to title
  • Was undisputed #1 player in the Country in HS (ESPN, 247 sports, Rivals)

Pros

  • Explosive getting to the rack
  • Plays above the rim
  • Takes long strides to the hoop
  • Strong and physical player
  • Quickly changes directions
  • Athleticism to guard many positions
 

 

Cons

  • Average wingspan for size
 

Grade: A

Pros

  • Seeks contact on drives
  • Scoring potential at all 3 levels
  • Coast to coast transition threat
  • Great patience and court vision
  • Can get paid as a board-man 
 

 

Cons

  • Forces the issue too much
  • Not a threat with right hand

 

Grade: A-

Pros

  • 22.6 PPG (1st in the ACC)
  • 32.2 usage rate
  • Led ACC in FT attempts
  • Good rebound and assist averages (7.6/4.3)
  • 2nd on Duke in 3PM (73)

 

Cons

  • Too many turnovers (3.2)
  • Inefficient 3P% and FT%

 

Grade: A-

Pros

  • Superstar ceiling
  • Great basketball pedigree
  • 1st team AP All American
  • Extremely hard worker
  • Prepared for positionless NBA
  • Has been the leader of a team
 

 

Cons

  •  Needs to be more efficient

 

Grade: A

RJ Barrett has been primed to be a top pick in the 2019 draft for the last few years. His combination of natural talent and will to win make him a prospect most teams would love to have on their team. His potential is sky-high and with enough improvement on his efficiency/consistency, he can become an elite player capable of leading a Championship-caliber team. 

Pro Comp: SG Demar Derozan (San Antonio Spurs)

Prime Destinations: MEM, NOP, NYK

OVERALL Grade: A

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