June 20, 2019Drafted by the New York Knicks in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
July 2, 2019Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the New York Knicks
Rowan Alexander "RJ" Barrett Jr was born in Toronto in 2000. Barrett comes from a family of athletes. His father, Rowan Barrett, is the vice president and assistant GM of the Canadian National Team and a former player at St, John's. His mother, Kesha Duhaney, was a track and field athlete at St. John's. Barrett lived for a time in France while his father was playing professionally there, then moved with his family to Mississauga, Ontario in 2008. Barrett played three years of high school basketball at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, finishing his career with an 86-7 record. As a senior, Barrett averaged 28.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, leading Montverde to a 35-0 record and national championship. Barrett's outstanding senior season of high school led to him being named the 2017-18 National Gatorade Player of the Year. Before committing to Duke University, Barrett was rated as the No. 1 overall prospect in his class by Rivals.com, Scout.com, and the 24/7 Sports composite list. Barrett wears No. 9 because it was his father's number in the Olympics. He enjoys dining at NYC eateries Carbone and Joe's Pizza. You can follow RJ Barrett on Twitter @RjBarrett6 and on Instagram @Rjbarrett.College/International Summary
In his one season at Duke, Barrett led the Blue Devils with 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest. The 6-7 wing scored at least 20 points in his first four games and 10 of his first 11 contests. For his collegiate debut, Barrett put up 33 points on 13-of-26 from the field in the win over Kentucky at the Champions Classic. Barrett flirted with a triple-double as he accumulated 23 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in a loss to Syracuse. Barrett had eight other double-doubles. On Feb. 16, he accomplished the feat in a win over NC State with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The wing helped the Blue Devils win the ACC Tournament championship with 18.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Barrett had 18 points and 11 assists in a second round NCAA Tournament win over Virginia Tech and led Duke to the Elite Eight. Before declaring for the 2019 draft, Barrett was named USA Today National Player of the Year, was a consensus first-team All-American selection, and received the Jerry West Award as the nation's best shooting guard.