Duke’s R.J. Barrett and Murray State’s Ja Morant were two of the top players in college basketball in 2018-19. And they are expected to go in the top three of the NBA Draft behind Zion Williamson on Thursday night.

Barrett may not be a true point guard like Morant, but both are offensive creators. Let’s compare and contrast two of the most exciting young prospects in the game.

Stats

Here were Barrett and Morant’s per-40 minute numbers this past season:

Barrett vs. Morant
Player Points Rebounds Assists FG% 3FG%
Barrett 25.7 8.6 4.9 45.4 30.8
Morant 26.8 6.2 11.0 49.9 36.3

The scoring and rebounding numbers were similar, but Morant had a huge edge in assists and efficiency. It’s worth pointing out that Barrett played in the ACC, while Morant played in the Ohio Valley. Barrett saw much tougher defenders on a nightly basis.

Regardless, Morant had the statistical edge.

Edge: Morant

Physical attributes

Barrett has the size advantage. The former Duke star is listed at 6-7, 202 pounds, while Morant checks in at 6-3, 175. Barrett isn’t bulky, but he’s wiry; he’s not going to get bullied by anyone on defense, and he’s able to overpower smaller defenders and slither his way around behemoths. Barrett is a good athlete, not a great one. But he’s a more functional athlete than most 6-7 guys. That’s why there were so few college defenders who could stay in front of him.

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Morant is a phenomenal athlete. The Russell Westbrook comparisons may be a tad premature, but you can see why they exist. These dunks are ridiculous: