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.


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: