Canadian college basketball star R.J. Barrett of Duke has been named USA Today's National Player of the Year.
Barrett, who hails from Mississauga, Ont., currently leads the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in scoring (22.9) and is seventh in assists (4.12), 10th in rebounding (7.5) and 10th in field goal percentage (.457).
The 18-year-old forward's strong play this season helped Duke (29-5) win the ACC championship as well as capture the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA March Madness Tournament.
The Canadian has also received first-team All-America honours from the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and Sporting News, and he’s a finalist for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Award, the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year and the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award.
Duke opens NCAA Tournament play on Friday versus North Carolina Central or North Dakota State. The game is set for 7:10 p.m. ET / 9:10 p.m. PT on TSN