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Wednesday / February 19.
  • Duke-bound R.J. Barrett, Montverde rack up latest title at Beach Ball Classic

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    By the time he gets to Duke next summer, R.J. Barrett will have already won championships in South Carolina, Hawaii, China and Egypt.

    Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, owner of more than 1,000 wins and five NCAA championships, may not even be able to say that — although Coach K has led Team USA to gold medals in the Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

    Barrett’s latest title with Montverde (FL) Academy came Saturday at the Beach Ball Classic, where Montverde (FL) Academy defeated Long Island Lutheran, 70-44, behind Barrett’s 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists en route to MVP honors. LuHi’s Donatas Kupsas finished with 16 points in the loss.

    “I kind of struggled the first two games, so I just wanted to stay aggressive and come out and do the things my team needed me to do to win,” he told MyrtleBeachonline.com. “We work so hard for everything we get. So to be able to take (the Beach Ball Classic trophy) back home, it really means a lot.”

    The 6-foot-6 Duke signee previously led Montverde to the Iolani Prep Classic championship earlier this month. He also led Montverde to a championship at an event in China this season that included two other American teams and various Chinese high schools and club teams.

    Last summer, Barrett led Canada to a gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship where the Canadians beat a John Calipari-coached American team in the semis. He was named MVP of that event as well.

    Barrett is projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, per ESPN and various outlets.

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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.