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Former Duke assistant believes RJ Barrett is ‘tailor-made for the NBA’

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Former Duke Blue Devils assistant coach Jeff Capel joins a growing list gushing at the talent level of RJ Barrett, specifically noting that he is “tailor-made for the NBA game.”

This was what Capel told the New York Post’s Marc Berman on May 22.

I think he’s going to be a great pro. I think he’s been trained from an early age to be a pro.

He has an amazing family. His dad [Rowan, who played at St. John’s] has done an amazing job of teaching him the game, teaching him how to work, to conduct and act like a pro.

I think his game is tailor-made for the NBA game. It’s more open. I think you will see a little bit more of his creativity and his ability to impact the game in multiple ways.

Capel also dubbed Barrett as “a winner” and “competitor.” When the Blue Devils first recruited him, Capel thought “he’s one of those guys that’s wired differently,” per the New York Post.

In addition, Capel marveled at Barrett’s competitive streak and penchant for being a winner. Barrett has won at his high school, Montverde Academy, in Florida. He’s also experienced winning with the Canadian national team (Barrett is from Toronto) and Duke.

Berman notes Barrett “is the only freshman in ACC history to average 22 points, seven assists, and four rebounds per game.” He also pulled it off playing alongside basketball phenom Zion Williamson.

The New York Knicks will select third overall in the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft next month. Berman says it’s possible for Barrett to wind up in New York. The New Orleans Pelicans, who own the No. 1 overall pick, are the favorites to draft Williamson.

Should Barrett’s New York scenario play out, he should become one of the cornerstones of a struggling Knicks franchise.

If the Knicks sign Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and R.J. Barrett, they should turn their fortunes around drastically.