2020 Top 10 recruit Scottie Barnes decided to announce his commitment to Florida State today, marking a huge recruiting win for Leonard Hamilton. Barnes is a 6’8 forward out of West Palm Beach Florida, who is playing at powerhouse Monteverde Academy for his senior season. Barnes is one of the best players in his class and will surely be a massive boost for Florida State next season.
I am proud to be announcing that next year I will be playing for Coach Hamilton and his staff at Florida State University. To all the coaches, mentors, teachers, and family members that have molded and helped me to get to this point in my journey thank you! pic.twitter.com/rMQDwXLNZf
— Scott Barnes (@ScottBarnes561) October 14, 2019
It cannot be understated how huge of a win this is for Leonard Hamilton and Florida State. Hamilton has brought in some seriously talented players over the past few years, including Johnathan Issac, Dwayne Bacon, Patrick Williams, MJ Walker, and Malik Beasly to name a few. Barnes is ranked Florida State’s second highest-ranked commit all time according to 247 Sports, with only Johnathan Issac ranked higher. Hamilton already has two commits for 2020 in three-star guard Malachi Wideman and JUCO commit Sardaar Calhoun. Barnes’s commitment is a monster boost to FSU’s 2020 class.
— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) October 14, 2019
Barnes has been lauded as one of the best players in this class, being praised for his athleticism, defensive versatility, rebounding and scoring ability. Barnes stands at 6-8 and his wingspan has been measured at 7-2. His ability to facilitate and get out on the break and create is also amongst his strengths. One area most agree that Barnes could work on is his ability to hit shots from outside. Overall, Barnes is one of the most athletically gifted players, with a strong overall game that fits Florida State’s style well. If Barnes can improve his shooting away from the rim, he will be even more dangerous and versatile than he already is.
Barnes is being talked about by many scouts as a “one and done” player and has been slotted as a lottery pick. While Barnes may only spend one season in Tallahassee, he will most likely go down as one of the best ever to play for the Seminoles.