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FSU Hoops Lands Scottie Barnes

via Scott Barnes on Twitter, @ScottBarnes561 via Scott Barnes on Twitter, @ScottBarnes561

The transition to positionless basketball is now complete for Coach Leonard Hamilton. With the commitment of 5* Scottie Barnes, Florida State has transformed itself into a monster. It’s been clear that Florida State wants long, athletic guys at every position, but this solidifies it.

Barnes, the 9th ranked player in the 2020 class, had made his desires known that he wanted to play point guard at the college level, despite being 6’8″. Coach Hamilton and his staff let it be known he would play the point. He’s an outstanding do-it-all player, averaging 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists as a junior, and 9.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists with USA Basketball.

With Barnes’ commitment comes even more speculation; he wants to play in college with Jalen Green. Green is ranked 3rd in next season’s class, and has said he would go straight to the NBA if he was given the option. Barnes and Green visited Florida State together last season, and both had Oregon and Florida State in their final list of schools. Green will make his decision on Christmas Day.

This fills FSU’s massive hole at point guard for next season. With Trent Forrest set to graduate and Naseem Khaalid decommiting in June, Florida State had to find a point guard, and they found one of the best out there.

Florida State only has two seniors on this year’s roster, Forrest and Dominik Olejniczak, so unless the staff is expecting someone to transfer or if Naheem McLeod stays ineligible, there are no more scholarships left for next season. Barnes joins JUCO wing Sardaar Calhoun as the only scholarship commitment for next season, as Malachi Wideman will be attending FSU on a football scholarship while still playing basketball.

Coach Hamilton lands one of the biggest recruits in his tenure, arguably second-highest behind Jonathan Isaac, and #HamBall keeps on rolling.

 


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