Duke University’s second superstar is off the 2019 draft board as the New York Knicks make RJ Barrett the No. 3 overall selection.
Prior to the NBA Draft Lottery, Knicks fans were hoping to land Barrett’s Blue Devil counterpart, Zion Williamson. However, Barrett will be lacing up to play at Madison Square Garden this fall.
Although the Knicks worked out Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland on Tuesday, the team had quickly become “locked on” taking Barrett, who played one year at Duke where he averaged 22 points in 38 games.
At 6 feet 7 inches, Barrett could be used at a shooting guard or a small forward in the NBA. He was actually the No. 1 ranked prospect coming out of high school, not Williamson. He welcomes the attention that playing in the Big Apple brings and wants to prove that he can handle that hype.
“It’s just media. I’m fine with it,” Barrett said. “I’ve dealt with a lot of media and I know the New York media different, for sure. But I’m smart, I’ll be fine. I’ll be good.”