R.J. Barrett, nation’s No. 1 hoops recruit, sets Oregon Ducks official visit

The Oregon Ducks already have the commitment of high-level four-star prospect Miles Norris in the class of 2018, but still have three more slots to fill and plenty of interest around the country. 

And in Canada, it appears.

Over the weekend, R.J. Barrett, the nation’s No. 1 prospect in the class of 2018, announced his official visit dates and Oregon made the cut:

The 6-foot-6, 180-pound Canadian, who plays for Montverde Academy (Florida), has significant ties to Eugene.

Not only does Oregon’s history of success with Canadian-born players a factor for Barrett, but the coveted prospect also recently won a FIBA U19 World Cup gold medal alongside class of 2017 Ducks signee Abu Kigab, who was the Robin to Barrett’s Batman throughout tournament play.

Although his recruitment is far from over and Oregon will be battling the nation’s top programs, Barrett’s recruitment is one to watch for Ducks fans. He’d immediately be the most coveted recruit in school history, regardless of sport.

An official visit is far from the sign of a sure-fire commitment, but it’s a step in the right direction for Oregon. 

 — Andrew Nemec
anemec@oregonian.com
@AndrewNemec   

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