Duke product and the potential third pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, R.J. Barrett, glows over the prospect of playing at MSG for the New York Knicks.
While the New York Knicks haven’t enjoyed sustained relevancy since the 1990s, the building remains an all-timer.
Which youngster wouldn’t find themselves excited by the prospects of playing at Madison Square Garden?
Duke product RJ Barrett isn’t exempt from this scenario, and fortunately, it fits since he’s the No. 3 prospect in the 2019 NBA Draft, the exact slot the Knickerbockers are placed.
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“It would be a lot of fun, playing in the Garden, under the bright lights,” Barrett said Tuesday, per SNY. “[Meeting with the Knicks] was great. We had a great and honest conversation so it was good.”
The two top prospects to land in Manhattan at the moment are Barrett and Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, who have both attended workouts with New York. Of course, Ja Morant remains the best-case scenario in the eyes of most, but the Memphis Grizzlies have seemingly staked their claim in the Murray State talent.
Barrett, 18, is a southpaw swingman who can play the two or the three at the top level. In 38 games as a freshman at Duke, Barrett finished with 22.6 points, 4.3 assists and 7.6 total rebounds per contest.
Right now, nearly every mock has the 6-foot-7 kid headed to the Knickerbockers at No. 3 in the draft.
Related to Steve Nash and having family hailing from a little borough called Brooklyn, RJ Barrett feels like the perfect fit for the New York Knicks.