Duke Freshman RJ Barrett Declares for NBA Draft

Duke Blue Devils guard RJ Barrett, widely projected as a lottery pick, has made the decision to leave after his freshman season to enter the NBA draft, he announced Wednesday on social media.

“It was amazing to play for Coach K, play for the brotherhood,” Barrett said in a video posted to Twitter and Instagram. “It was a dream of mine to play at Duke ever since I was a young kid. It’s also a dream of mine to play in the NBA and have great success there. …

“I’m looking forward to coming back and supporting the Blue Devils any way I can. Just wanted to thank you for everything.”

School spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Barrett, who is ranked No. 3 in the ESPN 100 among NBA draft prospects, plans to hire an agent but has not yet chosen one.

The 6-foot-7 Barrett, who was an AP first-team All-America selection along with teammate Zion Williamson, averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game on a team that came a game short of the Final Four.

The decision came as no surprise. After Barrett in February became the first Duke player since 2006 to have a triple-double, coach Mike Krzyzewski said the ACC’s leading scorer was only “going to be here a very short time.”

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SOURCE: ESPN