When I think of my favorite basketball players, something that comes to mind is passion. West Palm Beach’s own, Scottie Barnes, has consistently displayed his passion and love for the game, making him one of the nation’s top recruited prospects.
Before the Montverde forward plays at Florida State University this upcoming fall, let’s take a look at some of his best career moments.
Middle School Scottie
Before the blue-chip offers and the 140,000 followers on Instagram, Scottie Barnes was just an eighth-grade hooper at Roosevelt Middle School. In this clip posted by HoopDiamonds, it’s clear that Scottie’s energy is unmatched.
Basketball analysts never mention top prospects’ middle school days, however, watching the raw footage of a player really demonstrates to coaches what they’re all about.
The 6-foot-5 eighth-grader displayed tremendous court vision and ability to finish at the rim. That would carry over into his high school game.
After attending Cardinal Newman as a freshman, Barnes made the move to NSU University School. The 6-foot-7 forward joined top-ranked junior Vernon Carey Jr. on the Sharks.
As a sophomore, Barnes led the Sharks to a 36-2 record, claiming the Class 5A State Title. In addition, the 2018 MaxPreps Sophomore All-America first-team selection carried University School to a City of Palms Classic tournament championship against East High School, led by James Wiseman.
Barnes was named MVP of the mid-season tournament, posting 15 points and eight rebounds in the championship game.
To conclude his sophomore campaign, Barnes and the Sharks participated in GEICO Nationals, an invitational tournament for the top High School teams in the country.. Barnes put on arguably the best performance of his career, averaging 21.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest. Although he couldn’t pull off the National Championship as a sophomore, all signs pointed at a bright future for Barnes.
For his senior season, Barnes decided to attend the prestigious Montverde Academy, joining top recruits Cade Cunningham and Day’Ron Sharpe, among others.
As a senior, he averaged 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game, helping the Eagles finish with an undefeated 2019-20 campaign. Similar to his sophomore season, Barnes was named the MVP in the City of Palms Classic, leading his team to a 63-55 victory against IMG Academy to claim victorious.
The 2019-20 Montverde Academy team is claimed by some to be the best High School team of all time, completing a 25-0 season and becoming the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation.
Barnes demonstrated his stardom even more, finishing his senior season as the No. 5 overall prospect and the No. 1 power forward in the 2020 recruiting class, earning McDonalds All-American and Jordan Brand Classic selections.
He’ll arrive at FSU whenever campus reopens for student-athletes as the highest-rated recruit in the modern era program history (0.9979 according to 247Sports Composite rankings), narrowly ahead of 2016 signee Jonathan Isaac.