RJ Barrett's wish has come true: He's now a New York Knick.
The Knicks pulled no surprises with the third overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, selecting the Duke swingman.
With Zion Williamson going to New Orleans first overall and Ja Morant being picked by Memphis at No. 2, as was widely expected, New York went with the player who was third on the vast majority of draft experts' boards.
"I've given this game all I've got for a long time, and I'm just ready for this," Barrett told ESPN moments after being picked. "And I want to embrace the city and embrace the team and everything, so I'm ready to go."
Barrett was emotional, crying on the shoulder of his father, former St. John's and Canadian national team player Rowan Barrett, during the ESPN interview.
In his lone season at Duke, the 6-foot-7 Barrett, who turned 19 last week, averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He was considered the top recruit coming out of high school in Ontario, Canada.
Barrett is a prospect who has elite athleticism and uses his explosiveness, nifty footwork and overall craftiness to finish strong to the basket, scouting reports say. He also has a high basketball IQ and is an instinctive scorer. Areas he'll need to work on in the NBA, draft experts say, include developing a better outside shot and becoming less reliant on his left hand.
Since last month's draft lottery, Barrett has made no secret about his desire to play for the Knicks, saying New York was the only team he wanted to work out for privately.
"It would be a lot of fun, playing in the Garden, under the bright lights," he said at his Pro Day last month. "We had a great and honest conversation, so it was good ... I like Madison Square Garden. I got to play there, but my family is from Brooklyn. So, I guess that's my favorite part (of New York)."
On Wednesday, Barrett revealed that his late grandfather was a big Knicks fan.
"He always told me I'd play for the Knicks," Barrett said. "So it would mean a lot for me to play for the team.''
The Knicks also own a second-round pick -- 55th overall.