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Wednesday / October 23.
  • Steve Nash watches Godson R.J. Barrett drop double-double in Duke win

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Steve Nash was in the house Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium to watch his Godson.

    R.J. Barrett did not disappoint, putting up 19 points, 10 rebounds nad 7 assists as No. 3 Duke routed Miami 87-57.

    “It was amazing just to see him up there coming to support me,” Barrett told reporters. “It meant a lot to me.”

    Nash sat next to Rowan Barrett Sr., R.J.’s father and his former teammate on the Canadian National Team.

    “It’s a bonus when your Godson is the best 17-year-old basketball layer on the planet,” Nash, the two-time NBA MVP, told Bleacher Report a year ago.

    “He’s my Godfather so whenever I need something, just a quick text and he gets back to me,” Barrett told BR.

    Barrett, the 6-foot-7 Mississauga, Ontario, native, is averaging 23.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists and has become Duke’s No. 1 option while national player of the year candidate Zion Williamson has been sidelined for three straight games with a mild right knee sprain. Barrett is widely projected as the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft behind Williamson.

    Nash said the last time he played Barrett in one-on-one was the summer of 2015.

    “I beat him,” he said. “It was closer than I would’ve liked it to be and I’m going to take that win and rnun with it and hopefully never have to defend it in my life.”

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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.