It was only a matter of time before both of the Duke phenoms, Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, announced their intentions to go pro. This round goes to Barrett, who beat Williamson to the punch, posting this heartfelt Duke tribute to his Twitter Wednesday while announcing his intention to head to the league.
I want to thank God, my family, my coaches and everyone that has helped me reach this decision pic.twitter.com/z3GwdcV2ht— Rj Barrett (@RjBarrett6) April 10, 2019
Although Barrett couldn't bring home the ultimate prize for the Blue Devil faithful, he still had an outstanding season for Duke. During his one-year career at Duke, Barrett average 22.6 points, 4.3 assists and 7.6 rebounds per game, with many agreeing that his game will translate even further to the NBA level with additional spacing.
Barrett and Williamson are projected to be two of the top three picks in this year's NBA Draft, with Cam Reddish lagging only slightly behind. Zion will likely go ahead of Barrett, but Barrett's offensive arsenal is more developed than Zion's at this point, so he could end up having an earlier impact at the next level.
Standing at 6-7 and 202 pounds, he has the size to make an instant impact as well.
The NBA Draft isn't until June, of course, so it'll be interesting to see how Barrett's stock fluctuates in the time leading up to draft night, as his pro-style showcases increase in frequency.