Ready for some major recruiting news? R.J. Barrett, the number one ranked player in the 2019 class, is reclassifying to 2018. The 6-6 small forward from Mississauga, Ontario just announced the news in a blog post for USA Today High School Sports.
“Really, it’s been a thought of mine for the last year, but I wanted to wait and see how the season would go and how school would go and when everything went well it became more and more real so I made the decision to go ahead and do it.”
Barrett says that Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Oregon, Texas and UCLA are recruiting him the hardest right now. John Calipari got a long, hard look at him earlier this month when Barrett led Team Canada to an upset of Team USA in the FIBA World Cup. Barrett had 38 points and 13 rebounds in that game, a statement performance on his way to MVP honors.
Barrett was ranked #1 in the 2019 class, and right now, ESPN has him at #3 in 2018 behind Marvin Bagley (who is considering reclassifying to 2017) and Zion Williamson. He says he hasn’t set his visits up yet, and instead is hard at work on chasing the #1 spot in his new class.
With the July evaluation period over and the start of the high school season looming, as Barrett writes, “Big decisions are coming.”