RJ Barret, Canadian basketball phenom, to play college ball at Duke

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The 17-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., announced his much-anticipated decision Friday after narrowing down his choices to three - Kentucky, Duke and the University of Oregon.

Barrett will likely be part of some memorable victories at Duke next season given the talent that will surround him. Barrett scored 38 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out five assists. Gets to the foul line at a very high rate, has some James Harden in his game in that sense. He's electric in transition, he rebounds well for a guard and has the size, wingspan and athleticism to one day become an elite perimeter defender.

But his most impressive accomplishment was leading Canada to the gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup.

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Barrett put up a huge performance in the semifinals of the tournament and helped Canada upset the John Calipari-led Team USA 99-87. The report also said he was "not afraid of the moment" and praised him for his ability to play with confidence.

Barrett is the third top-10 commitment in the 2018 class for Duke, joining Cam Reddish (No. 3) and Tre Jones (No. 10). Duke is expected to lose Bagley, the most highly regarded recruit in the class of 2017 and SI's projected freshman runner-up in points per game (16.5), to the pros this offseason, but it would have been hard for the Blue Devils to find a better way to replace his scoring than by adding Barrett. The Blue Devils have not established significant ties with any other recruits in the 2019 class, so that will be a situation to monitor when the early signing period ends. The Blue Devils host Elon on Friday night.

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