The most highly-anticipated decision in the history of Oregon basketball recruiting will take place on Friday, as R.J. Barrett (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) , the No. 1 player in the class of 2018, makes his decision live on TSN SportsCentre in Canada.
Barrett has a final three of Oregon, Duke and Kentucky. Duke was thought to be the leader for the entirety of Barrett’s recruitment, but the Ducks have had a great recent history with plucking top talent from Canada. Dillon Brooks, Dylan Ennis and Chris Boucher were foundational pieces of Oregon’s Final Four team a year ago.
Additionally, Dana Altman’s squad has redshirt senior Mikyle McIntosh and freshman forward Abu Kigab, both of whom are also from Canada.
So where will the 6-foot-7 shooting guard end up?
North Pole Hoops national scout Tariq Sbiet has been following Barrett’s rise up the rankings since he was in eighth grade. He thinks the standout wing will be suiting up for the Ducks next year.
“I know they have kept everything in house. Nobody really knows except for, I would say, RJ, his dad and his mom,” Sbiet told North Pole Hoops. “My guess is, he’s going to Oregon,” said Sbiet.
It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise, given Oregon’s proficiency with landing top talent from Canada. Additionally, Kigab was Barrett’s teammate on the U18 World Championship-winning Canadian side in Egypt this summer, and the two are close friends.
The Ducks even put out one last love letter to Barrett on Twitter Thursday:
Fun fact: Oregon has had at least one Canadian on the roster for five consecutive seasons. We stand on GUARD for thee! pic.twitter.com/yncY74Rd2w
— Oregon Basketball (@OregonMBB) November 9, 2017
Whatever Barrett decides on Friday, the fact that Oregon has been in the mix for this long with the nation’s top prospect means that Altman and his staff are some of the best in the business in recruiting.
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