R.J. Barrett couldn’t assistance though take a accessible poke during his father when asked about his impact on his basketball career.
The 17-year-old son of Rowan Barrett — a former standout on Canada’s men’s basketball organisation — arrived during Toronto’s Pearson Airport on Monday night with a bullion award around his neck from a FIBA under-19 World Cup in Cairo.
The Canadians defeated Italy 79-60 in Sunday’s final after upsetting a powerhouse United States 99-87 a day earlier, handing a Americans their initial detriment during a contest in 6 years.
R.J., from Mississauga, Ont., averaged 22 points per diversion (and poured in 38 opposite a U.S.) to acquire MVP honours while heading Canada to a initial ever universe pretension in any age group.
“I mean, we don’t consider my father can contend he kick a U.S. so I’ve got that on him,” R.J. told a mob of reporters, glancing during his father a few feet divided with a wily grin.
The elder Barrett had been lucent moments progressing as his son done his approach by a throng of chanting fans, friends and family to welcome him. He didn’t seem to mind a jab, though R.J. switched gears anyway, vocalization instead about a lessons he’d schooled from his father.
“With my dad, when we was flourishing adult we saw a volume of work that he put in,” R.J. said. “There’s always people entrance behind perplexing to take your mark and we don’t wish anyone to take my spot.”
Potential No. 1 pick
A star on a rise, a younger Barrett could be a No. 1 collect in a 2019 NBA draft.
He called a FIBA bullion award — rectilinear in figure with hieroglyphics on a behind as a curtsy to a horde republic — a tip honour he’s achieved in his basketball career to date. But there’s a lot some-more he wants to achieve.
“Pretty elementary — go to college, go to a NBA, be a star,” Barrett pronounced of his goals.
Head manager Roy Rana believes his tip actor has a collection to do that.
All smiles and clutching a FIBA prize while vocalization with reporters, Rana showered Barrett’s gold-medal opening in praise.
“When he stairs on a building he performs during such a high level,” Rana said. “We’ve seen some special performances in universe championships before. … This one will go down as one of a best during any FIBA event.”
Greeted by shrill cheers
The team’s moody was behind scarcely 3 hours, though when it arrived they were greeted by shrill cheers from friends, family and fans.
Children waved tiny Canadian flags as a players walked by a arrivals area.
Rana pronounced a ancestral win, over 24 hours old, still hadn’t sunk in. He pronounced his organisation will suffer their success though not rest on it.
“Expectations have changed,” he said. “The vigour is heavier though maybe that’s a good thing. They embraced that.”
Both Rana and Barrett spoke during length about a stress of their win opposite a U.S., a organisation that had dominated a event, and each other, for decades.
“No one unequivocally believed (Canada could win),” Barrett said. “Everyone thought, ‘yeah a USA is going to come and kick us’ though we valid what we could do.”