R.J. Barrett talks recruiting, “alright” visit with Kentucky Basketball

The number one player in the 2018 class recently finished up his visit to Kentucky and he told Adam Zagoria that his visit was “alright.”

“It was alright, I got meet to meet Coach Cal and learn about the school so it was good,” Barrett said Tuesday evening by phone. I just kind of went on a tour and watched practice and stuff.”

A lot of fans are concerned with the “alright” comment and understandably so. It doesn’t give off a strong vibe, but by reading comments from Barrett in the past and the way he talks about other schools, you can tell he is more of a laid-back personality that doesn’t get overly enthusiastic when speaking about his recruitment.

The comment doesn’t seem to be a major concern with Barrett’s recruitment. Kentucky figures to go down to the wire with Duke for Barrett, and in my opinion, it is a recruiting battle Kentucky must win to keep pace. Duke has had a recruiting surge, landing Marvin Bagley III, Trey Jones, and Cameron Reddish as of late, and Kentucky would love to add Barrett early on in the 2018 class.

Barrett still aims to sign in the November signing period, he told Zagoria.

Calipari spoke about his success with Canadian players in the past, including Jamal Murray, who is a friend of Barrett’s, as well as current Kentucky guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, among others. Kentucky is also actively recruiting Canadian big man Simi Shittu, which could potentially be a draw for Barrett as well, though there has been little to no rumors about the two wanting to play together.

Barrett will finish his official visits on October 1 and it is expected that a decision could come soon after those visits are finished. He will be visiting Duke September 15-17.

You can read the rest of Zagoria’s piece on Barrett and comments from his high school coach here.

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