DURHAM, N.C. — RJ Barrett heard the gang.
With just below one minute left in Duke’s 94-78 win over NC State on Saturday, Barrett was sitting on 9 assists — one away from a triple-double. And the Cameron Crazies in Duke’s scholar part had been letting the freshman star know.
“After I bought down there, the Crazies had been telling me, ‘You want yet another!’ I used to be like, ‘I gotta, I would like it, I would like it, I gotta get it!'” Barrett recalled after the sport.
He threw a move as much as Zion Williamson, who completed inside whereas getting fouled.
Duke’s first triple-double since Shelden Williams in 2006 — and simply the fourth triple-double in program historical past — was full.
“Zion fortunately was capable of catch the ball and end,” Barrett stated. “I did not know in the event that they had been going to present me that one or not, however I am actually completely satisfied.”
Barrett completed with 23 factors, 11 rebounds and 10 assists — with zero turnovers. Williamson went for 32 factors and 6 rebounds regardless of sitting for a number of minutes within the second half because of foul bother.
“I am actually grateful,” stated Barrett, who missed follow time throughout the week with an sickness. “It actually does assist whenever you’re taking part in with nice teammates who could make pictures, end down low. They only open up the court docket for me to make selections.”
After a primary half through which Duke scored off drives and from the free throw line, Barrett’s playmaking performed a serious function within the second half. Seven of his 10 assists got here after halftime, on a number of events merely throwing the ball inside to Williamson for finishes on the rim.
“Most of them had been to Zion,” coach Mike Krzyzewski stated. “We had been simply capable of work that set.”
“RJ simply knew that I used to be very athletic, so he simply type of put in a spot the place solely he knew I might go get it,” Williamson added.
Barrett’s triple-double is simply the second since Krzyzewski took over at Duke in 1980. Previous to Krzyzewski’s arrival in Durham, Gene Banks (1978) and Artwork Heyman (1963) had been the one different gamers with triple-doubles in program historical past.
It was the primary time this season that Barrett has notched double-digit assists, and the primary time all season he completed with zero turnovers.
“He is very superior and he is very younger and he will be right here a really brief time,” Krzyzewski stated. “He is very superior as a result of he is at all times performed up. … Taking part in up for the Canadian staff, that is helped. Keep in mind, he got here in early. He might’ve nonetheless been in highschool. He is a sensational child and participant.”
With NBA All-Star Weekend only a few hours away in Charlotte, the Cameron Indoor Stadium crowd was full of former gamers, in addition to boxing star Floyd Mayweather. Former Duke gamers Grayson Allen, Quinn Cook dinner, Tyus Jones, Amile Jefferson, Gary Trent Jr. and Lance Thomas had been all in attendance. Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was additionally within the constructing.
“I feel that is simply the Duke impact,” Williamson stated. “You gotta perceive, Coach Okay is the best coach of all time. Lots of people wish to simply come expertise Cameron. We recognize Floyd and particularly the previous gamers that got here again, as a result of they’re part of The Brotherhood. It is simply plenty of love. We simply recognize them coming again.”