Scottie Barnes scouting report: What to expect from Raptors’ highest pick since 2006

Title: Scottie Barnes scouting report: What to expect from Raptors’ highest pick since 2006
Date: July 29, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I broke down the Raptors selecting Scottie Barnes with the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

With the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors veered away from the perceived consensus, as they have so often in the past. Rather than selecting Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs, the Raptors have anointed Scottie Barnes the next piece of their foundation. Here’s a quick look at the 19-year-old forward from Florida State.

Background

  • Freshman. Won’t turn 20 until Aug. 1.
  • From West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Was a five-star recruit coming out of high school, ranked anywhere from No. 5 to No. 9 in the country. Played forward on a loaded Montverde Academy team that included Cade Cunningham, Moses Moody and Day’Ron Sharpe, as well as Canadian prospects Ryan Nembhard and Caleb Houstan.
  • Played for USA Basketball at U16 Americas, U17 World Cup and U19 World Cup events.
  • Shifted to more of a versatile point forward role at Florida State, averaging 4.1 assists primarily off the bench.
  • Named ACC Freshman of the Year, ACC Sixth Man of the Year and Third-Team All-ACC.

— Murphy

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