Duke hauls in its third-straight No. 1 player in RJ Barrett

Duke hauls in its third-straight No. 1 player in RJ Barrett

R.J. Barrett, the lefty from Montverde Academy, committed to the Blue Devils on Friday night over finalists Kentucky and Oregon.

Barrett is considered a one-and-done prospect oozing with National Basketball Association potential from the wing. Technically, however, he's been a member of this class for only a couple of months, having announced his decision to jump to 2018 from 2019 in late July. Reddish, who is 6-7, 211 pounds, is the No. 3 ranked small forward behind Barrett and Zion Williamson, also a Duke target.

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

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On Friday, Barrett announced his pick by standing up and revealing a No. 21 Duke Blue Devils uniform. Mike Krzyzewski has embraced college basketball's current ever-changing nature, so he should have no problem getting the best out of Barrett. The Blue Devils have recently signed top prospects Tre Jones (No. 6 overall) and Cam Reddish (No. 4 overall).

For the second straight year, Duke lands the No. 1 recruit in the nation. The Blue Devils now likely have the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, a spot they have occupied in three of the past four recruiting cycles. He took an official visit to Duke back in September. Point guard Trevon Duval, power forward Marvin Bagley III and center Wendell Carter Jr., all top-seven RSCI prospects in the class of 2017, are projected to be selected in the first round of next summer's draft, and senior Grayson Allen is entering his final year of eligibility.

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