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Thursday / November 14.
  • Scottie Barnes commits to Florida State

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Scottie Barnes, the 6-foot-8 small forward from Montverde (FL) Academy, committed to Florida State on Monday.

    Barnes, who transferred in to Montverde from University School to join possibly coach Kevin Boyle’s most loaded team ever, also considered Oregon, Kentucky and Miami, although he canceled a recent planned visit to Miami.

    “With Scottie, that kid to me has such great energy and passion for basketball,” Boyle said. “He’s got such a great motor. He loves to play. To me, he’s a can’t miss lottery NBA player in the sense of giving you an immediate contribution for your team.

    “I mean, he can guard multiple positions. He could rebound, he could facilitate. Now he needs to define himself more offensively to be a higher level player, but he’s a can’t-miss successful player that can contribute right away where a lot of lottery picks don’t. I can’t see how he’s not a top-five lottery pick. He just brings it and competes.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.