Canada's R.J. Barrett recipient of USA Today basketball honour
Duke standout tops in conference scoring, leads Blue Devils to No. 1 seed at NCAA tournament
Canadian basketball star R.J. Barrett has been named the national player of the year by USA Today.
Barrett set both the Duke and ACC freshman scoring records with his 799 points. Against top 10-ranked teams this season, Barrett's scoring average of 25.5 leads the NCAA.
Barrett was also a USA Today all-American selection, adding to the all-American honours from USBWA and Sporting News. Barrett and teammate Zion Williamson are both finalists for the Oscar Robertson national player of the year Award, Wayman Tisdale freshman of the year and the John R. Wooden player of the year award.
The Blue Devils open March Madness on Friday in Columbia, S.C., against North Carolina Central or North Dakota State.