To the surprise of no one, the Duke freshman announced his decision to enter the NBA draft. In a video posted on social media, Barrett said playing at Duke is a dream but added that “it’s also a dream of mine to play in the NBA and have great success there.” The AP All-American averaged an ACC-best 22.6 points and 7.6 rebounds while forming half of perhaps the nation’s most potent one-two punch with classmate and roommate Zion Williamson. Barrett is widely projected as a lottery pick. Williamson, who is expected to be the top pick, has yet to announce his plans for next season, but he is expected to declare for the draft soon.
The three-time All-Star infielder’s dream of being with the St. Louis Cardinals for his entire career is closer to becoming a reality after the two sides agreed to a contract for 2020 and ’21, a deal that includes an option for 2022. “It’s really very humbling,” said Carpenter, 33. “To be able to potentially be here for an entire career is something that I don’t take for granted. Every day it’s something that I try to live up to.” Through Tuesday, he had a .273 batting average with 134 home runs and a .376 on base percentage in 1,031 games since debuting with the Cardinals in 2011. Carpenter was an All-Star in 2013, 2014, and 2016.
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