DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman RJ Barrett has been named a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Jerry West Award. The honor recognizes the top shooting guard in men's college basketball.
Barrett is the ACC’s leading scorer at 23.0 points per game. The freshman from Mississauga, Ontario, is also 11th in the conference in assists (3.7) and 13th in rebounds (7.2), while his 187 made field goals are second most in the ACC. Barrett, a three-time ACC Freshman of the Week and one-time ACC Player of the Week, is 15th in the nation in scoring and ranked third among NCAA freshman. His 505 points this season are 10th-most by a Duke freshman in a single season.
The freshman leads the ACC in 20-point games (16), while his eight 25-point games are second-most by a Duke freshman all-time. He and freshman teammate Zion Williamson comprise the nation’s highest-scoring duo at 45.0 points per game.
In March, the list of 10 finalists will be trimmed to five and presented to the award’s namesake, Jerry West, and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2019 Jerry West Award will be honored at the College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, Calif., on Friday, April 12.