ATLANTA, Ga. – Duke incoming freshman R.J. Barrett has been named the 2018 Naismith High School Boys’ Player of the Year. The announcement was made Friday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Barrett is the No. 1-ranked boys’ high school basketball and is the second player from Montverde Academy to win the Player of the Year title in the past four seasons (Ben Simmons, 2015). Barrett’s team is 31-0. He is the third high school award winner to go on to play collegiately at Duke, tying UCLA and Georgia Tech for the most.
Former Blue Devil greats Shane Battier (Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills, Mich.) in 1997 and Austin Rivers (Winter Park High School, Orlando, Fla.) in 2011 were also named the Naismith High School Boys’ Player of the Year.
“It is an honor to receive the Naismith Player of the Year award,” said Barrett. “I want to thank God, my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the Montverde community, as well as all the people who voted for me."
The winners were selected by basketball journalists from around the country who form the Naismith Awards national high school board of selectors. The ballots were based on outstanding player performances during the 2017-18 high school basketball season.
The Naismith High School Player of the Year award was first presented in 1987.