RJ BARRETT 2019 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 205 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: TOP 3 PICK
- Stands 6’7 with a 6’10 wingspan, matching the physical traits desired for today’s wing players in the NBA
- One-man offensive playmaker, shows the ability to drive, shoot from long distance, and create for teammates
- Primary instinct is to drive the lane and attack the hoop, will thrive in fast-paced tempo’s and/or transitional situations
- Ice-water-in-his-veins player who’s not phased by the spotlight or taking (and making) important shots in high-pressure situations
- Wired for basketball: his father played pro hoops overseas and oversees Team Canada Basketball, and his godfather is Steve Nash
- Doesn’t show the same explosive athletic ability that he did on the international stage – is it because of a previous injury, or was it a mirage?
- Overall decision-making on the court is inconsistent if not erratic; sometimes he’s “seeing the whole chess board,” and other times he’s playing 1-on-5
- With his “put the team on my back” mentality, has the propensity to take head-scratching and/or “hero ball”-type shots.
- Defensive motor runs noticeably hot and cold, especially if the action is taking place away from him
Zion Williamson is the guy that the entire sporting world is talking about, but many — if not the majority — of college basketball recruiting databases ranked Canadian-born Rowan Alexander “R. J.” Barrett Jr. as the #1 high school recruit in the nation.
After putting up monster performances on the international stage in high school, the world first took notice of Barrett. At his best, he’s an alpha dog competitor who loves basketball, loves putting in the work, and loves winning. But because of the combination of his skill-set and being used to being “the man” on his team, he’s developed some bad, borderline selfish habits along the way. At his worst, there’s the potential for him to be a “good stats on a bad team” player.
As much as any prospect in both this year’s draft and in recent memory, it’s going to require an organization that will allow a coach who’ll push Barrett hard, a front office that’ll put the right people around him in the locker room, and an organization that’ll be patient with his growing pains, in order to really maximize their ROI on picking Barrett.
Make no mistake: Barrett will play in the NBA for a decade, almost without question. A main question for him is whether a team will be able to take into the undeniable true star quality to his game, or whether he’ll be one of those guys who looks good in the box scores, but during his 10-year NBA career, has tried the patience of three or four NBA teams along the way.
RJ Barrett should be a top 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He has the look of a perennial 20+ scorer in the NBA. Along with teammate Zion Williamson and Murray State’s Ja Morant, these 3 should be right at the top of the draft.
SNIPPET OF RJ BARRETT’S 2018 HIGH SCHOOL SCOUTING REPORT
“Barrett can play both the SF/SG positions. We project him as a shooting guard for the college and NBA levels. He sports a 6-10 wingspan as he has the prototypical basketball body. The 17-year old has above average strength and phenomenal coordination. Of all the high school prospects we have covered the last 3 years, his all-around game is simply head and shoulders above the rest. The lefty shooting star is on his way to having a complete offensive game.”
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