Canadian freshman RJ Barrett of Duke has been named one of five finalists for the 2019 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday.
Barrett, who hails from Mississauga, Ont., leads the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in scoring this season at 23.1 points per game, while also adding 7.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists. For his strong play, Barrett has been named the conference’s freshman off the week four times. He’s also just 24 points away from Duke’s all-time freshmen scoring record.
Barrett has helped guide Duke, who is currently ranked fourth nationally, to a 25-4 record on the season.
Should he end up declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft, the star freshman is expected to hear his name called early on draft night.
Justin Wright-Foreman of Hofstra, Carsen Edwards of Purdue, Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech and Kyle Guy of Virginia are the other finalists
The West award is named after 1980 Basketball Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player Jerry West, who also starred in the NBA. The annual award is in in its fifth year of existence