Duke's R.J. Barrett shoots next to Ryerson's Tanor Ngom during an exhibition basketball game in Mississauga, Ontario, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (AP) Canadian star R.J. Barrett scored 34 points in his first exhibition game for Duke, helping the Blue Devils rout Ryerson 86-67 on Wednesday night in his hometown.
"It was great to get to go out there with my brothers in my hometown. It was special for me," Barrett said. "A lot of excitement, a little nervous with it being the first time wearing a Duke jersey. But for me, playing in front of the fans is great. I got to see mom and dad in the crowd and everybody in Canada. It was cool."
NCAA rules permit teams to take an international trip once every four years. The Blue Devils will play the play the University of Toronto on Friday, then head to Montreal to face McGill on Sunday.