11 Jan GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK KNICKS RJ BARRETT
Name: Rowan Alexander “RJ” Barrett Jr.
NickName: Maple Mamba
Born: June 14, 2000 (age 21) in Toronto, Ontario
Height: 6 ft 6 in
Weight: 202 lb
Position: Shooting guard / Small forward
College: Duke (2018–2019)
NBA draft: 2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall- Selected by the New York Knicks
RJ Barrett exploded for 31 points as the Knicks ran away from the Spurs in the second half to post a 111-96 victory this past Monday at the Garden. Barrett made 12 of 20 shots, 3 of 4 from 3-point land, as the fans chanted his name all night. The Knicks hit the midpoint of the season at 20-21. RJ is averaging 22 ppg over the last seven games with two 30+ point performances in the last four.
Who is the leader of the current Knick team?
My engine Julius and D Rose are huge for us.
Are you more vocal this year as a leader?
I’ve been trying to talk more and be more vocal this year. Year 3, starting to get more comfortable with stuff like that. But we have a lot of great vets, I’m like a sponge, I’m soaking everything up, so it’s been a lot of fun.
Which team & players did you love growing up?
I always loved the Knicks. Because I’m young, I use to watch older games. I liked watching the Knicks versus the Pacers.
Who were your favorite Knick players growing up?
I watched a lot of John Starks and Patrick Ewing with my grandfather.
At what point did you know that you
wanted to play in the NBA?
I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to basketball when I was 11 years old. I went to the United States from Europe because I felt it was the best opportunity for me to challenge myself, and it has helped me tremendously.
Who pushed you along to be an NBA basketball player?
Definitely my father. He taught me how to shoot, dribble and pass at a very young age. My father is the executive vice president and assistant general manager of Canada Basketball.
How far can this team go?
This team can go as far as it wants to. If we do the things that we know we have to do to win, then we’ll be successful.
Do you have anything to say to Knicks fans?
We love and appreciate you, and we’re always gonna make you proud.