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Canadian Phenom R.J. Barrett May Consider Reclassifying For 2018

Canadian Phenom R.J. Barrett May Consider Reclassifying For 2018

R.J. Barrett has two options– take it slow or run for it. Like all of us, he may consider running for it.

Right now, Barrett is a sophomore. In a few months, he very well could be a senior.

 The 6-foot-7 shooting guard acknowledged at Friday night’s Nike league session in Indiana that he is considering a move to the class of 2018, which would put him one step closer to college basketball, and, ultimately, the NBA.

“Right now, I don’t really know,” he said. “Right now, I’m still 2019 and I guess we’ll make a decision in August.”

The signs point to him making the 2018 plunge, and college coaches recruiting him — obviously, there are many — are now operating under the assumption that he’ll be a senior in high school next season.


“I think there’s a pretty good possibility he does it,” Scout.com’s Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader. “I mean, if I was the kid, I would. He’s the No. 1 prospect in his class. He’d probably be in the top two in 2018. And he’s a guy we’re projecting to be an NBA player. So, he’s good enough. He might as well get to the money quicker.”

Daniels implied that Scout.com would slot Barrett in the No. 2 spot in the 2018 rankings, right behind 6-11 star Marvin Bagley, and just ahead of talented prospects like Zion Williamson, Romeo Langford and Cameron Reddish.

All four of those players already have scholarship offers from Kentucky.

It’s just a matter of time before Barrett gets his.

“He’s a versatile scorer and a really talented passer,” Daniels said. “He’s skilled. He’s pretty good from mid-range and in right now. I think the next step is working on his long-range jump shot. And the kid appears to be a very hard worker, so I think that will come in time.

“At 6-7, he can do so much.”

Photo: Gregory Payan AP

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