New York Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett headed a formidable freshman recruiting class for Duke, alongside #2 and #3 recruits Cameron Reddish and Zion Williamson. In the NCAA, Barrett impressed with his shoes, sporting PG3s and flashy pairs of Kyrie 4s. He and Williamson were also among the first players to debut the Kyrie 5.
But when it came to signing a professional endorsement deal, Barrett opted for the resurgent Puma over traditional brands like Nike and Adidas. This season, expect to see Barrett in silhouettes like the Hardwood and Uproar.
As a senior at Montverde Academy, the Canadian national team member wore Nike LeBron 15s on his way to a national high school championship.