| Wed 23/08/2017 - 11:09 EDT

      R.J. Barrett Is Canada's Next Basketball Superstar

      R.J. Barrett Is Canada's Next Basketball Superstar

      The Future Of Canadian Basketball

      RJ Barrett shocked the world by leading Canada’s under-19 national team to the first Gold medal of the country’s history, in any international basketball tournament. Canada completed a 79-60 rout of the Italians to earn the 2017 FIBA U19 championship, with Barrett contributing 18 points, 12 boards and four assists to the win... Impressive, but it was Barrett’s performance in the semi-finals that caught the attention of the international roundball community.

      Barrett astonished against a heavily-favored United States squad, coached by Kentucky college legend John Calipari, leading the Canadian U19s to a resounding 99-87 upset. RJ was monstrous, dropping 38 points on the Americans, hauling 13 rebounds and dishing 5 assists.

      Barrett dominated throughout the entire competition, averaging a tournament-high 21.6 points per game, as well as 8.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists. Deservingly, RJ was named the MVP of the U19 FIBA championship, head and shoulders above stars two years his senior. This isn’t the first time he’s clearly outplayed older players. One of the most exciting aspects of RJ Barrett’s future is the fact that he’s always prevailed as the youngest member of elite teams.

      Barrett Declares Himself Ready For The NCAA

      After dominating the highest level of non-pro basketball at the age of 17, RJ Barrett decided to reclassify himself for the 2018 NCAA college season. Before this announcement, RJ already gathered interest from all the top college basketball programs in the United States. He determined his top five to be Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan and Oregon. Regardless of his destination, RJ will have a tremendous impact throughout the college season, including March Madness.

      He joins an NCAA class that’s absolutely stacked with franchise-player talent, including Bol Bol, Zion Williamson and Marvin Bagley Jr., all of whom will jockey for the status of being a number one overall pick in the NBA draft. Similar to these prospects, Barrett shows the type of elite offensive skill and athleticism usually reserved for players a half-decade older. 

      RJ still needs to evolve his jump shot and foul shooting, while learning to finish at the rim with his right hand. Similar to most young players, he lacks the type of core strength that allows ballers to finish drives through contact, drawing three-point plays. These types of skills are relatively easy to teach, compared to RJ’s already advanced playmaking.

      Any criticism of Barrett’s game will be outweighed by the sheer potential of his overwhelming athletic talent, and his ability to remain calm in high-profile situations. Barring injury, Barrett’s positioned to become one of the best players in Canadian history.

      With a bit of good fortune, he could rise to become Canada’s preeminent basketball legend, supplanting his famous Godfather and family friend, Steve Nash.

        Category : NBA News

        More articles...
        NBA News - 18/10/21
        NBA New Schedule 
        NBA New Schedule

        The season is well underway and we take a look at the 2021/22 NBA schedule. In order to understand exactly how the 2021/22 season will play out, we’ll go into detail about games, players and NBA teams that will be competing for postseason positions.

        NBA News - 07/06/21
        How to Watch the NBA in Canada? 
        How to Watch the NBA in Canada?

        Are you a Raptors fan? An NBA fan? Are you wondering where to watch the NBA in Canada?

        Interest and viewership exploded for the Toronto Raptors on their way to winning their first-ever NBA title in 2019. Sure, the Raptors always had a decent following being the only Canadian organization in a league of 30 professional basketball teams, but championship runs have a way of bringing even fringe fans off the sidelines in the international city to being counted among the 5,000 in "Jurassic Park" outside Scotiabank Arena on the shores of Lake Ontario.

        Although the Toronto Raptors didn't make it to the NBA Playoffs this season, we're sure they'll be back next year. You can follow all the teams' progress alongside our industry experts here at Canada Sports Betting.

        NBA TV Canada

        NBA News - 17/03/21
        Look at this Bling - Raptors receive ‘largest’ rings in NBA history 
        Look at this Bling - Raptors receive ‘largest’ rings in NBA history

        The Raptors players and coaches were presented with their NBA Championship Rings and unveiled the new 2019/20 NBA champions banner to the elation of the Toronto fans. 

        NBA News - 09/03/21
        Tall vs Short NBA players (2021 INFOGRAPHIC) 
        Tall vs Short NBA players (2021 INFOGRAPHIC)

        The average US Male is 5 feet 7.5 inches tall whereas the average NBA player is just short of 6’ 5.

        Could an average US male make it to the NBA? And what does it mean to be over seven feet tall in a league of shorter players?