10 Facts You May Not Know About Scottie Barnes
How much do you know about Scottie Barnes??
The fourth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Scottie Barnes. Barnes is now officially a member of the Toronto Raptors and hopes to prove to the world that he deserves to be in the league. He was one of the least known players that were projected to be drafted in the lottery and this video is going to change that. We have gathered ten facts about Barnes both on and off the court to share to you all so that you can connect with a player that has superstar potential in a couple of years. Make sure you stick around until the end of the video to find out what analysts and other fans thought of him being drafted number four overall!
Number ten. Scottie Barnes literally just celebrated his 20th birthday a couple of days ago. That’s right, what better what to cap off being drafted than to celebrate your birthday just a few days afterwards. He was born on August 1st, 2001 and has come quite a long way. Born in Florida, Barnes first started his basketball career in high school at Cardinal Newman. A high school located in Ft. Lauderdale. He spent two seasons there before transferring over to Montverde Academy where he played alongside Cade Cunningham and Moses Moody. Cade was the number one overall selection in the NBA Draft and Moody was the 14th overall pick. So, Montverde Academy held not one, not two, but three lottery picks on their team at the exact same time. This is pretty insane to think about especially considering the teams that unfortunately had to go up against them at that time.
Number nine. Barnes was in fact a five-star recruit. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, after all he was selected with the fourth overall pick by the Toronto Raptors this year. Still, he was ranked as the fifth best prospect in the 2020 recruiting class according to ESPN and had multiple offers to search through coming out of high school. Ultimately, he ended up choosing Florida State because it was where he grew up, but he had to turn down a couple of highly ranked schools in order to pursue the one he wanted. The other schools that had given him offers were Duke, Kansas, Miami, Kentucky and one from California. However, sometimes you just have that gut feeling of where you want to go, and Barnes went with what he felt was the right move. Safe to say it worked out all right in the end.
Number eight. Barnes surprisingly came off the bench throughout his first year at Florida State. This is something not many people may know considering his lottery pick in the draft but it’s true. Out of 24 games he played with Florida State, he was coming off the bench in 17 of them. Throughout that time, he averaged 10.3 points, 4.1 assists, four rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Mind you, he was doing all of that on 50.3 percent shooting from the field on just over eight shots per game. Scottie happens to be one of the few college players that was able to impress NBA scouts that much in such a small and reduced role. Although, he fits exactly what the Raptors were looking for in a lanky and tall forward that can play multiple positions. Speaking of multiple positions, this leads us right into our next fact about him.
Number seven. Scottie Barnes was projected as a top five pick according to Kyle Irving from NBA.com. Irving had described him as a point guard in a forwards body, while adding on that he was the floor general with Florida State during his one season with the team. He went on to talk about his playmaking skills and surprisingly good ball handling for a man of his size and length. Those thoughts are pretty much what the majority of analysts think of him at the moment. Barnes is a true point forward who has all the tools to play every position on the court while also being able to defend them all at a high level. He is somebody that every team is looking to acquire, and it seems like the Raptors were in the best position to nab him away from other suitors. Barnes is now in the perfect position to reach his full potential, as the prototypical defensive minded forward will be paired up with arguably the best player development teams in the league right now. He also gets to work alongside a couple of other emerging stars such as OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet. With some work on his overall game, we could see Barnes and company come out as a powerhouse in the next couple of years. Toronto is definitely a name to keep an eye on. Also, stick around until the end of the video to find out why Toronto felt thy needed to draft him at number four overall, and how other teams felt about the decision once they found out!
Number six. Scottie Barnes also spent some time over at NSU University school. He was able to partner up with the nation’s highest ranked junior at the time, Vernon Carey Jr. Scottie and Carey were able to lead their schools to a ridiculous 36-2 overall record while simultaneously picking up their first ever Class 5A state title. To further prove his impact on that roster, Barnes was named the Most Valuable Player with a 15-point, eight rebound performance in the final matchup. Without Scottie on this roster, it is likely NSU would have never won the state title like they did. This entire roster is now in the history books over at that school and will be talked about for quite some time.
Number five. Barnes has also spent a good amount of time competing for the national team. He chose to compete in the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Americas Championship that was located in Formosa, Argentina and ended up winning the gold medal. Throughout that tournament Barnes averaged 9.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. Barnes was also able to break the American under-16 record for free throw percentage in a single game, going eight for eight in their semifinal win over Argentina. A year later he competed in the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup, also in Argentina. He had an almost identical stat line throughout the tournament and once again helped his team win another gold medal. He still wasn’t done there either. He also opted to compete in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece alongside other notable drafted players like Cade Cunningham. The group picked up the gold medal once again, bringing Barnes total to three already in his career. In that final tournament, he averaged 9.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, pretty close numbers to each tournament mentioned beforehand.
Number four. We have already talked about his time at Montverde Academy, but here we will be going a little more in depth. This fact regards to their record that season, as it was an astonishing 25-0. That wasn’t the craziest part about it either, it was that their average margin of victory was an unbelievable 39 points! There is a reason that this group is heavily considered one of the greatest high school basketball teams in the history of the sport. Barnes averaged 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game while being rewarded with All-American First Team honors from both Sports Illustrated and MaxPreps. Barnes was also elected to take place in the McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classica and the Nike Hoop Summit but all three events ended up being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still though, all of those invitations were proof that he didn’t just ride the coattails of his other teammates and was in fact a major reason for their success.
Number three. Scottie Barnes was just the fourth one-and-done in Florida State history. When Barnes first decided to go to Florida State, he immediately became the highest ranked recruit to ever choose to go there. After all, he only made two official visits before deciding on what college he wanted to go too, one to Ohio State and the other to the Seminoles, where he eventually attended. We mentioned his stats during his sole season at Florida State earlier in the year, but what we didn’t mention is that he was the ACC Freshman of the Year and the ACC Sixth Man of the Year. In addition to all of that, he had third team all-conference honors. When he chose to skip his remaining eligibility and go into the draft, he joined Malik Beasley, Jonathan Isaac and Patrick Williams as the only players in the schools history to spend just one season there. Barnes was a different story than the rest of them though, as he majorly came off the bench. Meanwhile, Williams was a regular starter and was picked fourth overall by the Chicago Bulls last season.
Number two. Scottie has some lofty comparisons to live up too. It isn’t rare for rookies to be compared with great players throughout the history of the NBA, but rarely do they ever have the tools to officially live up to those expectations. Barnes has a tough journey ahead of him as the most frequent comparison for him has been Draymond Green. Both Draymond and Barnes are big bodies forwards that can be more than capable of facilitating an offense. They can also defend all five positions on the court at a high level while not having much of a three-point shot in their arsenal. Although, Draymond is a three time All-Star, six time All Defensive Player and a starter for three Golden State Warriors championships. Scottie has a lot of work to do in order to catch up to those comparisons but the fact he was even in the same conversation already shows the potential this kid has.
Number one. Barnes being selected fourth overall caught a lot of people off guard. If you were truly paying attention to the mock drafts before the draft got underway, you would understand how surprising that pick really was. There was an overwhelming majority of people that lined Jalen Suggs up with the Toronto Raptors ahead of their pick. Mostly because he was expected to still be around at number four and would likely fill the gap that Kyle Lowry is leaving behind now that he is in Miami with the Heat. However, the organization just fell in love with Barnes and opted to take him over Suggs. There is no doubt that this decision will be analyzed and compared for years to come, and it is yet to be seen whether or not passing on Suggs will be the right decision in the long run. However, we know that Barnes has all the tools for success at his disposal right now. With the Raptors coaching staff loving him already, he is bound to feel right at home straight away. Even their head coach Nick Nurse came out and said “I just don’t ever not want to talk about his defense. He’s got some desire and he’s got some length and he’s got some anticipation and toughness to play that, and I think that may be where he really excels before it’s all said and done.” As most of us know, Nurse is a championship level coach who has transformed numerous players over the past couple of years. To get such high praise from him must be a terrific feeling for Barnes.
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