Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Duke’s R.J. Barrett scores 14 as Canada routs Dominican Republic
Incoming Duke freshman R.J. Barrett went for 14 points and 6 rebounds on Friday as the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team defeated the Dominican Republic 97-61 in a FIBA Americas qualifier at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.
With the win, both Canada and Dominican are 4-1 in their qualifying games going into their second matchup in phase 3.
Four Canadian players ended in double-digits in the win: Barrett, Melvin Ejim, Dillon Brooks and Kelly Olynyk all finished with 14 points, along with Olynyk leading the team with 9 rebounds.
Going into the fourth Canada found themselves leading 65-54. Canada’s lead stretched to as far as 36 in the final quarter of the game, giving them a cushion that would hold them to an eventual 97-61 victory against the Dominican Republic.
The 6-foot-7 Barrett is the projected No.1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and part of Duke’s No. 1 recruiting class that also includes projected Top 10 picks Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson.
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.
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