The number one ranked recruit in 2019 is R.J. Barrett out of Canada is one of the most sought after recruits in the country because the small forward can score at all three levels and is one of the toughest players in his class.
Barrett is currently writing a monthly blog for USA Today, and in his most recent update, he talked about his recruiting process and where he stands with some schools, which included the Oregon Ducks.
“My recruitment is going pretty good,” Barrett wrote.
“As I said before, my dad handles that to free me up to just be a kid and work on my game, but we’ve been hearing from Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona and a couple more schools.”
Barrett isn’t going to be playing in any AAU events this month and instead is back home in Canada training for his high school season. He also says he’s still deciding on remaining in the 2019 class, or if he wants to reclassify and sign with a college in the 2018 class.
During the recruiting process, Barrett has had a chance to talk with multiple head coaches, including Oregon’s Dana Altman.
“It was cool to talk to Coach K, Coach Miller, Coach Altman, Coach Cal, Coach Beilein, Coach Smart… All those guys,” Barrett said. “I’m just building relationships at this point.”
Barrett was named the MVP of the U-10 World Cup, despite being two years younger than most of the players he competed against. In the event, he averaged 21.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists as Team Canada won gold.
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Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks have been recruiting Barrett for three years now and are expected to host him for an official visit at some point in his recruting process.