R.J. Barrett USA Today’s Player Of The Year
If Canadian basketball champion R.J. Barrett knows how to do anything, then it’s how to score. And scoring in every sense of the word, both on and off the basketball court. 18-year old Barrett has just been named Basketball Player Of The Year by USA Today. Top honours for a young player by any measure, but absolutely deserved when considering that he did not only push the Duke Blue Devils into the No. 1 spot in the NCAA tournament, but also leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring, thanks to his average of 22.9 points per game.
Barrett’s 799 points total ensured that he aced both the Duke as well as the ACC freshman scoring records. Moreover, he is also the only player to have scored more than 13 points to a game the entire season long.
No One-Hit Wonder
Barrett is a superb all-rounder, and scored top honours with assisting, rebounding and field goal percentage. Other fantastic news is that R.J. Barrett and teammate Zion Williamson are both finalists for the highly coveted Oscar Robertson national player of the year award, as well as similar honours in the Wayman Tisdale freshman of the year award and the John R. Wooden player of the year award.
The star forward truly put up a champion’s performance in the Duke vs. Syracuse game; and managed to lead Duke all the way to a 88-72 victory. The two games leading up to the Syracuse game were equally kind to the Mississauga, Ontario native, with a triple double and double double having been on the cards for Barrett.
One Of A Kind
R.J. Barrett had in many ways been prepped for victory by design. He is the son of former basketball player Rowan Barrett, and started on the road to a championship basketball in secondary school. He initially attended St. Marcellinus Secondary School in Mississauga, before having been transferred to the Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida.
He ended up as a consensus star recruit in the class of 2018, and earned Naismith Prep Player of the Year as well as Gatorade National Player of the Year Awards during his final high school season.
Players like R.J. Barrett aren’t commonplace and Canada is very fortunate to have him, especially since he’s been on the road to victory from a very young age and has a lot to achieve yet.