In the month of August, there have been some serious shake-ups in the rankings for the Class of 2018.
At the very beginning of the month, the top player in the class of 2019, R.J. Barrett, decided he was going to reclassify to 2018.
A few weeks later, the former No.1 player in 2018, Marvin Bagley III, announced his commitment to Duke along with the fact that he will reclassify to the Class of 2017 so that he will be able to play for the Blue Devils this season.
Fast forward to today, and we have another major change in the rankings. ESPN just released a new Top 100, and the powerful forward Zion Williamson is no longer at the top of the list. Canadian wing R.J. Barrett now sits atop the list.
Meet R.J. Barrett, the future of Canada basketball. ⬇️ https://t.co/boO4D3mwdM— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) August 14, 2017
Barrett has already been on college coach's radars for a few years, but he really exploded onto the scene this summer during the U19 FIBA World Cup.
The 17-year old was named MVP of the competition while averaging, 21 points, 8 rebounds, and nearly 5 assists per game. His standout performance for Canada came in the semi-finals against Team USA. Barrett was clearly the best player on the floor, as he demonstrated scoring ability well beyond his years as well as good court vision.
The winger put up 38 points, grabbed 13 boards, and added 5 assists in Canada's surprising victory.
Barrett has recently released his final five schools that he is considering. Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan, and Oregon all made the cut. Whoever is able to secure him will have a budding superstar in their hands.