The Duke Blue Devils had just won a basketball game by 21 points that was played against an opponent with five NCAA championships in its past. This may seem routine by now, given that it was contested at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but even at that it was rather jarring to hear Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski using the occasion to address circumstances from a game the team played last week.This would be the antithesis of “taking it one game at a time.” “Let’s get real about this whole thing,” Krzyzewski said. “Let’s not get spoiled. We’ve got four 19-year-old kids that are busting their ass trying to learn how to play and have a lot of pressure on them.”Don’t pity Barrett, Williamson, Jones and Cam Reddish for the pressure. This is what they enrolled at Duke to experience. But pressure need not equate to inaccurate analysis of what is being transacted on the floor.RJ Barrett has been a spectacular success through seven college games. He is not perfect. Duke is not perfect. Expecting this from either was foolish from the start. MORE: Coach K calls out fans for pressuring team“Duke fans, just cut it out, man,” Krzyzewski said following Duke’s 90-69 victory over Indiana. “These kids aren’t perfect. My kid wasn’t playing ‘hero ball.’ He was playing winners’ ball. If you don’t like following him, don’t follow us. I’ll go to war with my guys.”The player in question is freshman wing RJ Barrett, who entered the Duke program as the No. 1 prospect in the 2019 recruiting class and who is, after seven intercollegiate basketball games, averaging 22.7 points per game. Ordinarily such a player would become an instant fan favorite, whose occasional freshman foibles would be defended with vehemence by his program’s fan base.Duke fans, however, are in the position to choose among their ludicrously rich freshman class in finding a favorite. And the easy, obvious choice there is Zion Williamson, the monstrously dynamic forward averaging 21.3 points per game for the Blue Devils. Williamson does not just score baskets: He storms them. He misses fewer shots because defenders often can be seen clearing a path for him to the goal rather than attempt to absorb his 285 pounds of muscle in a charge/block collision.When Duke trailed Gonzaga by two in the final 11 seconds of the Maui Invitational title game, though, it was Barrett who was given the ball by point guard Tre Jones near the top of the key, Barrett who immediately ditched one defender and dashed into the lane and Barrett who attempted to score as he was approached by three Zags defenders helping on the play. He might have attempted to dish the ball to Williamson as all that attention gathered toward him. But he didn’t.He ran the play that was called by his coach. This was obvious. The play directly followed a timeout that was called in between Rui Hachimura’s two missed free throws with the score at 89-87. Had Barrett improvised, it’s likely Williamson would have had an open layup or dunk. (Who am I kidding? Of course it would have been a dunk). Whether he’d have gotten the shot off in time, or whether another defender might have sneaked in to help against Williamson and affected the play, is impossible to ascertain.Here’s what is clear, though: If you have a problem with how RJ Barrett is hooping after seven college games, you haven’t watched enough ball.MORE: Takeaways from Gonzaga’s win over DukeBarrett is not a perfect prospect at this point, but we’ve had maybe two of those, ever, in this sport: LeBron James in 2003, who did not play NCAA basketball after leaving Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, and Lew Alcindor, soon to be Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in 1965, who enrolled at UCLA when freshmen were not permitted to compete at the varsity level.In other words, there has never been a freshman basketball player whose dominance was immediate, thorough and enduring.What Barrett is, at this stage of his development, is the best prospect in the past three decades at one particular skill: using his power, length, guile and skill to disarm the defender assigned to him, to penetrate the lane and force help from other defensive players, and to finish in spite of their efforts or draw fouls that punish them.He is on pace to attempt more than 200 free throws. He is leading his team in scoring. He is attempting the majority of his shots (101 of 143 to date) where his game is strongest, at the 2-point level, rather than trying to prove to NBA scouts he has mastered the art of 3-point shooting.He is not yet an elite 3-point shooter, converting just 14 of 42 attempts (.333). If he gains comfort in that area, he will become even more dangerous. He is not always aware of the passes available to him because of his ability to draw defenders in his direction, but he is averaging 3.6 assists per game.MORE: Barrett’s freshman debut is something to rememberFor all of that, however, Twitter was alight with charges that Barrett had engaged in “hero ball” following his last-second actions in the Gonzaga game.