Bar­rett and Duke quickly put the hoops world on blast

Canadian phe­nom part of a Blue Devils fresh­man class with awe-in­spir­ing ta­lent

StarMetro Toronto - - DAILY LIFE - Chuck Culpep­per

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS—THE in­evitable hor­ror has ar­rived. The time has come. The birth date of Zion Wil­liamson: July 6,

2000. And of Mis­sis­sauga na­tive R.J. Bar­rett: June 16, 2000. And then Tre Jones: Jan. 8,

2000. The world has reached that point when peo­ple born in the year 2000 not only can feed them­selves, op­er­ate mo­tor ve­hi­cles and speak full sen­tences with­out bur­bling.

No, they can craft out­landish, fear­some feats of col­lab­o­ra­tion and beauty such as that on Tues­day night from Duke’s fresh­man class of Wil­liamson, Bar­rett, Jones and Cam Red­dish, with Red­dish ben­e­fit­ing from the ex­tra Mis­sis­sauga na­tive R.J. Bar­rett scored 33 points in his first of­fi­cial NCAA game.

learn­ing of hav­ing ar­rived on Sept. 1, 1999. The Blue Devils can beat No. 2 Ken­tucky in a sea­son opener by a score that kept look­ing false un­til it landed on an im­plau­si­bly true 118-84, and fig­ures to spend a good while as un­for­get­table.

They can look rich in a ma­tu­rity they weren’t sup­posed to have yet.

“No mat­ter how tal­ented they are, you don’t know what they’re gonna do, in this en­vi­ron­ment, against an out­stand­ing team and a great pro­gram,” said coach Mike Krzyzewski, who added, “They were mag­nif­i­cent tonight.”

They daz­zled re­peat­edly but also achieved smooth­ness. Bar­rett got 33 points, Wil­liamson got 28, Red­dish got 22, and Jones, the point guard, man­aged the thing with scarce glitches. “Four turnovers?” Ken­tucky coach John Cali­pari said of the Blue Devils’ to­tal. “Ei­ther they’re the great­est ball­han­dling team in the his­tory of bas­ket­ball or we’re not cre­at­ing enough havoc.”

Krzyzewski said of Bar­rett: “R.J. in that first half was ter­rific. I mean, he was a man.”

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