Top 2018 high school basketball recruit RJ Barrett picks Duke

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Ever since winning the 2014-15 NCAA Tournament behind Okafor, Jones and Justise Winslow, Coach K has ratcheted up his pursuit of top-shelf young players destined to leave after their freshman seasons.

Class of 2018 5-star recruit R.J. In 2017, that honor belonged to Marvin Bagley.

Barrett is a 6-foot-6-inch small forward from Ontario and is, by all accounts, a future superstar.

Montverde Academy's R.J. Barrett, projected by many to be the No. 1 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft, committed to play college basketball at Duke on Friday in an announcement televised live nationally in his native Canada.

Barrett, who attends Montverde Academy in Florida, chose the Blue Devils ahead of Kentucky and OR shortly after dropping Arizona from his list in the midst of an FBI investigation impacting the team. He attacks the rim with long strides and is best known for changing speeds en route to the hoop and finishing through contact.

Barrett is regarded as the world's best player for his age, and last summer earned MVP honors in leading Canada to the gold medal at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup. Barrett scored 38 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out five assists.

With already an impressive recruiting haul, the next question is where the coaching staff moves from here. This is the third year in a row Duke has signed the No. 1 overall recruit according to ESPN.

Christmas is coming early for the Duke Blue Devils.

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