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Tuesday / May 22.
  • Duke-bound R.J. Barrett leads World Team over USA in Nike Hoop Summit

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Duke-bound wing R.J. Barrett continued his winning ways at the Nike Hoop Summit.

    In his final organized game as a high school student, the 6-foot-7 Barrett went for 21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the World Team to an 89-76 victory over the USA in Portland, Ore.

    The 6-foot-7 Barrett previously led Canada to the gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship last July in Egypt.

    “I thought we played pretty good,” Barrett said. “This was my second (Nike Hoop Summit). Last year, we had trouble on defensive rebounds. Jaylen (Hoard) had a double-double, Charles (Bassey) had a double-double, I had nine rebounds. We cleaned that up and clicked and played together as a team all night long.”

    Bassey (Canada) added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win and Hoard (France) had 11 points and 15 rebounds.

    Oregon-bound big man Bol Bol had 12 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocks in the loss. Vanderbilt-bound guard Darius Garland went for 16 points and 5 assists. And Kansas-bound guard Quentin Grimes tallied 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Villanova signee Cole Swider added 10 points. Romeo Langford (potential concussion) did not play for the USA.

    “It was a really competitive game at the beginning, and I think we did a good job, but at the end of the game they just fought harder than we did,” Bol said. “We’re upset with the loss.”

    In the last two weeks, Barrett played in the McDonald’s All-American Game in Atlanta and then led his Montverde (FL) Academy team to the Geico High School Nationals title at Christ the King High School in Queens. He then skipped the Jordan Brand Classic on Sunday in Brooklyn to rest.

    Barrett, the Gatorade and Naismith National Player of the Year, is part of Duke’s recruiting class ranked No. 1 nationally in 2018 that also includes Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones.

    Barrett is the projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

    The last eight No. 1 overall picks played in the Hoop Summit: Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving and John Wall.

    For more on Barrett, read my FloHoops.com feature here.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.