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 signee R.J. Barrett goes for 26 and 10 in season-opener, drops 33 in second game
Duke signee R.J. Barrett went for 26 points and 10 rebounds in his season-opener at Montverde (FL) Academy on Friday night, a 79-48 win over Trinity Episcopal (VA).
Georgia Tech-bound guard Mike Devoe added 21 points and 4 assists.
Barrett then went for 33 points and 4 assists in his second game Saturday, Montverde’s 103-55 victory over Westside Macon. Devoe chipped in with 25 points and 5 assists.
Earlier this month, Barrett signed with Duke over Kentucky and Oregon. He’s the projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, per ESPN.
Next month, Barrett and his Montverde teammates will head to China for a series of games. Read my New York Times story on it here.
Barrett’s performance came on the same night No. 1 Duke fended off Texas, 85-78 in overtime, in the PK80 semifinals thanks to Marvin Bagley III’s monster 34-point, 15-rebound performance.
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.