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Player profile

(Updated July 2020)
West Palm Beach, Fla.
high school
Montverde Academy (Fla.)


“He rebounds, he does all the dirty work, he’s just special. He’s a throwback. He’s the kind of guy that comes once every 25 years, just his size, athleticism, talent, unselfish mentality, and willingness to (help)…It’s just how he’s built. He’s built for success. He’s one of those guys, a Florida State guy,” said Florida State Assistant Coach Charlton Young.


2020-21 Preseason All-American Third Team (CBS Sports)
2020-21 Preseason All-ACC First Team (CBS Sports)


The highest rated recruit at Florida State under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff…the No. 6 overall ranked and No. 1 ranked power forward in the 2020 recruiting class…Jonathan Isaac, came to Florida State as the No. 8 rated recruit, before leaving as the No. 6 overall lottery pick in the 2017 NBA Draft…Barnes’ signing with Florida State for the 2020-21 season marks the fifth time in the past six recruiting classes the Seminoles have landed a player ranked in the top 10 in the nation…everybody’s All-Star as he was selected to play in the 2020 McDonald’s All-American game, the Jordan Brand Game and the Nike Hoop Summit following his senior season…named to the 2019 USA Today All-Florida Boys Basketball First Team…named as a MaxPreps Sophomore First Team All-American in 2018…earned MaxPreps Freshman All-American Honorable Mention honors…named to the All-Area Small Schools Second Team and to the All-North Division Conference Second Team by the Palm Beach Post in 2017…a three-time USA Basketball gold medalist and two-time state champion…became a member of Team Nike on the Nike EYBL AAU circuit prior to his sophomore season…averaged 18.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.2 blocked shots and 1.1 steals as he played for the NightRydas on the EYBL circuit in 2019…a member of the 2019 USA Men’s Basketball Gold Medal winning U19 World Cup Team…led the United States to the tournament championship in Greece…played in all seven games in the U19 World Cup and averaged 20.4 minutes played per game, 9.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal while shooting .542 percent from the field… scored 16 points versus New Zealand; 16 points against Latvia; 13 points versus Russia and 11 points and totaled eight rebounds in USA’s win over Mali in the gold medal game…helped the United States win gold medals at the U17 World Cup in 2018 and the U16 FIBA Americas Tournament in 2017…took part in the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp…averaged 9.5 points and 5.8 rebounds and led the USA to a 7-0 record and gold medal at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup in Santa Fe, Argentina…owns a 7’2 wingspan and 9’0 standing reach and big hands…plays physical and uses size advantage well…said to be quick off the ground with an incredible ability to finish above the rim…strong with either hand…a strong passer with, incredible court vision and a very high basketball IQ…has the strength to bang in the paint and uses his length to dominate on the glass for rebounds…takes pride in his leadership abilities, getting his teammates involved, being a high-level guy and person, getting to the basket and just scoring the ball at the right moments…can play and defend the one through four positions.


Graduated from Montverde Academy in 2020…averaged 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists in helping Montverde to a 25-0 record…the Eagles earned an average margin of victory of 39 points per game…earned All-American First Team honors from both MaxPreps and Sports Illustrated…a finalist as the MaxPreps National Player of the Year…selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American game, the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoop Summit…led Montverde to victories over seven nationally ranked opponents during the season – No. 5 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), No. 10 Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, N.Y.), No. 12 Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.), No. 19 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) (three times) and No. 20 Duncanville (Texas)…the Eagles captured championship titles at the City of Palms Classic, John Wall Holiday Invitational, Montverde Academy Invitational and the St. James Invitational…totaled 16 points, five rebounds and five assists in a 76-64 in over IMG Academy as a senior.


Attended University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., as a sophomore in 2018 and as a junior in 2019…led the Sharks to 63-7 overall record, to two Class 5A Championships and to two appearances in the Geico National Championship game in his two seasons at the University School…played with Duke star Vernon Carey as a sophomore and a junior at the University School…averaged 14.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists as he led University School to a 27-5 overall record, a second consecutive 5A State Championship and a second consecutive appearance in the Geico High School National Championship game where the Sharks fell to Montverde Academy in the championship game during his junior season…the University School closed the season ranked No. 2 nationally in the USA Today Super 25 final rankings…led the University School to the championship and was named the Most Valuable Player of the City of Palms tournament as a sophomore…scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in an 81-45 victory against Sanford School in the 2019 City of Palms…led the Sharks to a 36-2 record, the Florida Class 5A State Title and to the championship game of the Geico High School National Championship tournament in 2018…averaged 21.3 points and 9.7 rebounds in the three-game national championship tournament as University School fell to Montverde Academy in the championship game as a sophomore…the 5A State Championship victory was the first in school history… totaled 15 points and eight rebounds in the championship game of the City of Palms Classic against East High School from Memphis in 2017…totaled a triple double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the opening game of the 2018 City of Palms Classic against Vashon High School from Missouri.


Attended Cardinal Newman High School in Ft. Lauderdale as a freshman in 2017…earned Freshman All-American honors from MaxPreps in leading the Crusaders to a 19-8 record a spot in the Class 5A regional semifinal game.


Born August 1, 2001…Scottie is the son of Kathalyn Wilkins…has two brothers, Jon French and Shawn Barnes…his mom is the person he looks up to the most because all she has sacrificed for him to be who he is…received his first scholarship offer from Kansas in October of his sophomore season…made official visits to only Florida State and Ohio State…also earned offers from Cal, Duke, Kentucky, Miami (Fla.) and Oregon…plans to major in Engineering at Florida State.