He said playing at Duke is a dream but added that "it's also a dream of mine to play in the National Basketball Association and have great success there". The Blue Devils bested Florida State to win the ACC Tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, where they were defeated by Michigan State.
"From start to finish, RJ was there every second", said head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Although Barrett couldn't bring home the ultimate prize for the Blue Devil faithful, he still had an outstanding season for Duke.More news: Joel Embiid gives troubling health update ahead of playoffs
Barrett said in a video released on Twitter declaring his decision, "It was a dream of mine to play at Duke ever since I was a young kid".
Although Barrett and Williamson were knocked out by Michigan State in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, the two project as franchise cornerstones at the next level. Including Barrett's triple-double, there have only been four triple-double's in program history. "Discussing with my family, my coaches, I decide I will be declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft".
Barrett never scored fewer than 13 points a game this past season, scoring at least 30 points in six games. I want to thank the Crazies and the entire Duke community for everything you've given to me.More news: Solskjaer not sensing Pogba misgivings amid speculation
Most NBA Draft projections have Barrett going either No. 2 or No. 3 overall, either right in front of Ja Morant or right behind him, depending on which team gets the second pick.
Barrett recorded Duke's first triple-double since 2006 with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 94-78 home win over N.C. State on February 16.More news: Trudeau defends changes to asylum laws that have refugee workers alarmed
It didn't take long for others to notice the 6-7 freshman as he put up 33 points in 32 minutes during Duke's first game of the season against Kentucky, breaking the record for most points made by a freshman in his debut.