12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About RJ Barrett

The Duke product is projected to go third to the Knicks in the 2019 NBA Draft. Here are a few things you may not have known about prospect.

RJ Barrett Duke Michigan St NCAA Tournament 2019
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) races after a basket during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

RJ Barrett Duke Michigan St NCAA Tournament 2019

After posting a strong freshman campaign, RJ Barrett is the presumptive No. 3 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft—following former Duke teammate Zion Williamson and Murray State star Ja Morant. The 6'7", 202-pound guard from Toronto posted averages of 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists while playing 35.3 minutes per game for the Blue Devils, helping lead the Duke to the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament before they eventually fell in the Elite Eight.

But way before he set foot on campus, Barrett, out of Canada, has been on scouts’ radar for quite some time. His selection June 20 will mark the culmination of years of exhaustive evaluation.

But unless you’ve been following Barrett as closely as those scouts, you might’ve missed some interesting facts about the 18-year-old. Here are 13 things you probably didn’t know about RJ Barrett.

His dad had a cup of tea in the NBA

RJ Barrett Duke Michigan St NCAA Tournament Intro 2019

RJ moved out on his own at 15

RJ Barrett Monteverde High School 2017

He reclassified in high school

RJ Barrett Press Conf NCAA Tournament 2019

In high school, he accomplished something no one had since LeBron James

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His mom was an elite college athlete

RJ Barrett Maui Invitational 2018

He has Jamaican bloodlines

RJ Barrett Defense UCF Duke NCAA Tournament 2019

He burst on the scene at the 2017 FIBA U-19 Basketball World Cup

RJ Barrett Maui Invitational Bus 2018

He grew up in France

RJ Barrett Duke Virginia Tech NCAA Tournament 2019

He played multiple sports until his teenage years

RJ Barrett All American 2018

Steve Nash is his godfather

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RJ has a younger brother who can hoop, too

RJ Barrett Bench Duke Kentucky 2019

He has the hopes of Canada basketball riding on his shoulders

RJ Barrett Smile Duke North Carolina 2019

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