1. Barrett compares to the best
You’d be hard pressed to find a player with a better offensive season the Barrett’s last year. Ja Morant led the country in scoring, but he played in the (underrated) Ohio Valley Conference. Brandon Clarke paced the NCAA in offensive win shares and offensive rating, but lacked the versatility of Barrett. And he didn’t play in a power conference.
Barrett was 14th in the nation in points per game last year, but only two of the players ahead of him — CSU Northridge’s Lamine Diane and South Dakota State’s Mike Daum — pulled down more rebounds.
The only players on the top scoring list to best him in assists were Northern Colorado’s Jordan Davis, Morant and Hampton’s Jermaine Morrow. In other words, out of the nation’s best scorers, Barrett was also the best at doing everything else.
Barrett doesn’t just stack up against recent college greats. He probably would have won player of the year in each of the previous seven seasons. Barrett bests all seven of the previous National Player of The Year award winners in at least two of basketball’s main three categories — points, assists and rebounds per game.
Quite simply, we haven’t seen a more complete offensive player at a big-name program since Kevin Durant competed for Texas in 2006-07 season. What a great night for New York.