RJ Barrett Bio: Girlfriend, Facts & Contracts

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The Canadian professional basketball player RJ Barrett plays for the New York Knicks of the NBA and is in the fifth season with the team as of 2023.

He was picked as third overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.

RJ is the son of former shooting guard Rowan Barrett who currently serves as general manager of the Canadian men’s national team.

RJ is one of the best weapons in the Knicks’ arsenal currently. However, he missed nearly two weeks of basketball because of a finger injury that he sustained just two minutes into the game against the Dallas Mavericks back on December 27.

NBA Star RJ Barrett (Source: Instagram)

Two weeks and six stitches later, he is back with the team and is making headlines with his astounding gameplay.

In this article, we will discuss RJ Barrett, his career, education, family, personal information, and more. Stick with us till the end of the article.

Quick Facts

Full Name Rowan Alexander “RJ” Barrett Jr.
Known As RJ Barrett
Nickname RJ
Birthdate June 14, 2000
Age 22 Years Old
Birthplace  Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Current Residence New York, United States
Father’s Name Rowan Barrett
Mother’s Name Kesha Barrett
Siblings Nathan Barrett
Nationality Canadian
Relationship Status Taken
Girlfriend Hailey Brown
Children Not Yet
Built Athletic
Sexual Orientation Straight
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Height 6 ft. 6 in/1.98 m/198 cm
Weight 214 lb./97 kg
Ethnicity Jamaican
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Profession Professional Basketball Player
Education St. Marcellinus Secondary School, Montverde Academy, Duke University
NBA Draft New York Knicks: 2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd Overall
Awards & Achievements McDonald’s All-American (2018)

Consensus first-team All-American (2019)

First-team All-ACC (2019)

Playing Career 2019-Present
Association New York Knicks (2019-Present)
Position Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Shirt Number 9
Salary $8.89 Millon
Net Worth $25 Million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Merch  Signed Photos, Signed Jersey 
Last Update January, 2023

Early Life & Education

Early Life

RJ Barrett was born Rowan Alexander “RJ” Barrett Jr. on July 14, 2000, in Ontario, Canada, to Kesha Duhaney and Rowan Barrett, a former professional basketball player.

Since his father played basketball professionally, RJ developed an interest in the sport early as a kid.

He grew up with his younger brother Nathan, who joined the prep basketball team at Montverde Academy after RJ left high school.

RJ with his mom
RJ With His Mother (Source: Instagram)

Aside from basketball, he was also involved in 100 meters sprinting, high jump, and football.

However, he began focusing more on basketball after struggling in a game and coming home crying one time at the age of 12.

He sometimes trained with his father’s friend and godfather, Steve Nash.


RJ attended Horizon Jeunesse in Clarkson, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

He then went to St. Marcellinus Secondary School in Mississauga. However, after his parents moved to the States, he went to Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, United States.

After his high school graduation, RJ received an athletic scholarship from several top universities, including Indiana, Arizona, Duke, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, UCLA, Kentucky, Missouri, and USC.

RJ During His High School Days
RJ During His High School Days (Source: Instagram)

Out of all the offers he received, he narrowed it to five, and finally, on November 10, 2017, he announced that he would go to Duke for the 2018-19 season.

And after Duke’s 2019 NCAA men’s basketball tournament loss, RJ announced his intention to forgo his final three seasons of college eligibility and declare for the draft.


RJ Barrett was drafted third overall in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.

On July 3, 2019, Barrett signed a rookie contract with the Knicks.

He made his NBA debut on October 23, 2019, in a 111-120 loss to the Spurs.

New York Knicks announced that they exercised their third-year option on RJ on December 21, 2020.

As mentioned before, he is one of the most crucial players on the Knicks roster currently. So the team extended his stay with a four-year deal on September 1, 2022. This made him the first player to agree to a multi-year extension after a rookie contract with the Knicks since Charlie Ward in 1999.

Awards & Achievements

The Knicks shooting guard RJ Barrett has garnered several awards for his gameplay in college, national team, and with the Knicks. Some of them are listed below.

  • National high school player of the year (2018)
  • FIBA Under-19 World Cup MVP (2017)
  • McDonald’s All-American (2018)
  • Consensus first-team All-American (2019)
  • First-team All-ACC (2019)
  • Jerry West Award (2019)
  • ACC All-Freshman team (2019)

Net Worth & Contracts

The Canadian professional basketball player RJ Barrett has a net worth of a staggering $25 million as of 2023.

RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett Promoting Booster Juice (Source: Twitter)

His earnings stem from his super impressive professional career as a shooting guard for the Knicks. Similarly, a few more million in his annual earnings can be attributed to his brand deals.

He reportedly has inked a promotion deal with the apparel and footwear deal with Puma and an endorsement deal with the Royal Bank of Canada and Indochino.


On July 2, 2019, RJ signed a four-year rookie contract with the Knicks worth $35.60 million, including $35.59 million guaranteed and an annual average salary of $8.89 million.

Even though this contract was quite good for a rookie, his next four-year $120 million rookie scale extension that he signed on September 1, 2022, made him one of the best-paid players in the league.

Nevertheless, this extension comes into play after this season. And as per the deal, the 2023-24 season will see him earn $23.88 million in annual salary.

Dating & Social Media

We all know RJ Barrett is one of the bests Knicks got on its roster, and many of the Knicks fans, especially ladies, wonder whether or not he is in a relationship.

Sorry ladies, but our guy is taken. He has been together with his girlfriend, Hailey Brown, since 2018.

Hailey Brown
Hailey Brown, RJ’s Girlfriend (Source: Instagram) 

RJ and Brown grew up together in Canada, and interestingly, she also happens to be a basketball player. Brown played for Michigan and led her team to the NCAA Championship.

Both Brown and RJ are active on social media handles, mostly Instagram.

RJ has a massive 1.1 and counting followers on Insta, whereas Hailey Brown has 29.7k followers on the platform as of this writing.

Unknown Facts

  • RJ’s father, Rowan Sr., was a member of the Canadian national basketball team and also captained at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
  • RJ is a godson to the Canadian professional basketball coach Steve Nash. He bought RJ his first crib.
  • Barrett’s mother, a Brooklyn native, was a nationally ranked sprinter for St. John’s University.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

What kind of sneakers does RJ Barrett wear?

RJ Barrett wears Puma Fusion Nitor ‘RJ’.

Can RJ Barrett still be traded?

While his extension does not technically restrict him from getting traded, it does present a quirk in how his salary would be counted in such a trade.

What was RJ Barrett GPA?

Aside from being a fabulous basketball player, RJ was also a scholar earning a 3.1 GPA average.

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