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The nations No. 1 ranked prospect for 2019 could soon become a member of the 2018 recruiting class. According to 247Sports Jerry Meyer, RJ Barrett will most likely reclassify to the 2018 recruiting class. Meyer mentions there is no confirmation, but he strongly expects Barrett to be on the move.
You ask John Calipari how talented RJ Barrett is and he would give you 38 reasons to validate him as the No. 1 player in the 2019 class. Barrett led Canada to a 19U World Championship earlier this month, where he dropped 38 points in a victory vs. Calipari’s USA squad.
Barrett is a 6-6 small forward that can do it all on the floor. The five-star forwards athleticism and ability to create his own shot separates him from other elite prospects. A lefty with a smooth release, who can put it on the floor and finish with contact, would fit perfectly into Calipari’s system. When you watch him play, you will notice Barrett’s feel for the game enables him to be a nightmare for opposing teams to match up against.
He may have prevented Calipari from winning gold in the FIBA World Cup, but you best believe Calipari will feel as if he has won gold if he convinces Barrett to come to Lexington.
Kentucky is one of four favorites to land Barrett, along with Duke, Michigan, and Oregon. Those four schools are all expected to receive a visit from the nations top player.
Barrett attends Monteverde Academy in Florida. The same Academy that produced former UK and current Oklahoma City Thunder center Dakari Johnson.
Duke currently holds the lead in Barrett’s Crystal Ball, followed by Kansas and Kentucky.