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College basketball recruiting: Arizona, Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky among leaders for R.J. Barrett, per report

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The Canadian phenom is the No. 1 player in the 2019 class

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The USA Basketball U19 team lost its first game since 2011 on Saturday, falling to Canada 99-87 in Egypt in the FIBA World Cup.

R.J. Barrett was the hero for the Canadians.

The 17-year-old had a ridiculous stat line of 38 points (12-24 FG), 13 rebounds and five assists in the upset.

The 6-foot-6 forward is the No. 1 player in the 2019 class (but could reclassify to 2018) and the Arizona Wildcats are among the leaders to land him, along with the Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, and Duke Blue Devils, according to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com.

Barrett attends Montverde Academy in Florida and said he will make his decision about reclassifying in August.

It’s a similar situation incoming UA freshman Emmanuel Akot was in this summer. The Canadian forward was originally a 2018 recruit, but decided to reclassify to 2017.

It is unclear if Barrett will do the same, but whoever lands him will be getting a heck of a player — and it appears Arizona has a decent shot.


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