“R.J. is one of the … to me, Jayson Tatum was one of the most professional 19-year-old kids I’ve ever had as far as walking in the gym, just handles himself like a pro, watches film like a pro and works like a pro. I put R.J. right behind Jayson in that category.
“You know, his dad playing professional basketball, Steve Nash being around in his life, he’s just learned from great people as far as how to handle himself like a pro. So, I think that he just comes into it and brings a certain level of toughness, he competes harder than anyone I’ve had at that age and he’s really good.”
Barrett, 18, will begin his highly anticipated college career with Duke this fall but has already upped his competition level significantly with the hope of hitting the NBA ground running. He played for Canada in its FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifiers alongside Cory Joseph, Kelly Olynyk and Dillon Brooks and showed he belonged there.
Drew Hanlen said he was taking NBA guys already. Where do you rank Barrett in terms of prospects 20y and under?