TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Scottie Barnes and Sardaar Calhoun have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Florida State University and play basketball for Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff beginning in the fall of 2020. As a top-10 national recruit, Barnes is among the top recruits to commit to Florida State under Hamilton and marks the fifth time in the last six seasons that the Seminoles had landed a player ranked among the top-10 prep players in the nation.
“We are very excited that Scottie and Sardaar have both picked Florida State to continue their educations and play basketball for the Seminoles,” said Hamilton. “Both players are high quality individuals who epitomize the type of players who make up the culture that has made us a successful basketball program. They are both going to be strong representatives of our program on and off of the court. Both Scottie and Sardaar will excel in our system and our current players are really going to enjoy playing with them.”
Barnes (6-8, 2010) is ranked as the No. 9 overall high school player in the nation and the No. 3 ranked power forward in the country as he begins his senior season at Montverde (Fla.) Academy. He averaged 14.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game during his junior season in 2019.
A highly decorated player throughout his career, Barnes was named to the All-USA Today First Team from the state of Florida as a junior, was a First-Team All-American by MaxPreps as a sophomore and earned Honorable Mention All-American honors as a freshman.
“I am really excited to be a Florida State Seminole,” said Barnes. “I am looking forward to developing as a player and a person under Coach Hamilton and his staff. I was blown away during my visit of how close the players were with each other and the coaching staff. My visit to Florida State was much different from any of my other visits because everybody was a family. I am really looking to becoming a part of such a close-knit group of players and coaches.”
Barnes has also been highly successful and decorated in the USA Basketball program. He helped the USA win gold medals in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup and the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. In three years as a player for USA Basketball, he has averaged 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while playing in 20 games.
Barnes, from West Palm Beach, Fla., selected Florida State and Hamilton over Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Miami, Ohio State and Oregon.
Calhoun (6-6 200) is an extremely highly regarded junior college player from Missouri State University West-Plains in West Plains, Mo. He averaged 17.6 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from the 3-point line as a freshman. In his first year in junior college, the wing made four or more 3-point shots in a game 11 times and earned Missouri Community College Athletic Conference First Team All-Conference Honors.
“Coach Hamilton and his staff have something special in Tallahassee and I’m glad to be part of a team that contends for a national championship every year,” said Calhoun. “The professional players they have developed – Dwayne Bacon is a great example – are players who I have patterned my game after during my career. I trust that Coach Ham, Coach Jones, Coach CY and Coach Smith are going to take my game to another level.”
Calhoun, a native of Tappahannock, Va., played at Essex High School for two seasons before transferring to Blue Ridge School in St. George, Va., for his junior and senior seasons. Calhoun helped lead Blue Ridge to the VISAAA Division II State Championship title as a junior when he averaged 9.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. As a senior captain, the shooting guard helped lead his team to the state championship game for the fourth consecutive year. He averaged 13.6 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from field and 33 percent from the 3-point line. Calhoun was ranked the No. 9 overall player in Virginia by Max Preps in 2018.
Calhoun played AAU basketball for Boo Williams in 2018. He played in four games including the 2018 Peach Invitational and the Nike EYBL Tournament.
Calhoun selected Florida State over LSU, Seton Hall, Illinois and East Carolina.
Florida State, which defeated No. 6 Florida on November 10 in Gainesville, opens its home schedule as it plays host to Western Carolina on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles have defeated six Top-10 ranked teams in the last four years and have won a school-record six consecutive games against Florida.