Barrett and Duke quickly put the hoops world on blast
Canadian phenom part of a Blue Devils freshman class with awe-inspiring talent
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.”