Five-star Fort Lauderdale (University School) small forward Scott Barnes released his Top 8 on Wednesday and he included Ohio State in his latest cut down. Joining the Buckeyes are Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Oregon, Florida State, and California (Cal and OSU are listed in his tweet, though you may not seem them in the embedded tweet below).
Top 8! pic.twitter.com/6kQg4FjyCq
— Scott Barnes (@ScottBarnes561) February 13, 2019
Barnes (6-8 210) is a long, athletic wing. He is ranked the No. 3 player in the 2020 class per the 247Sports Composite and the No. 1 small forward in the nation.
Here is an evaluation of Barnes’ game from Jerry Meyer, who is the director of scouting for 247Sports.
Top-level athlete with tremendous length for a combo forward. Elite-level motor and competes at a top-of-the-charts level. Can defend any position on the court. Rebounds outside of his area. High-level passing ability. Extremely dangerous starting the break after a defensive rebound. Also, a lethal finisher. Scores very well off the dribble inside 15 feet. Has a lot of room to improve as a shooter. Projects as a one-and-done and possible top-five pick.
Watching highlights, Barnes is a right-handed player, but he finishes in the paint with either hand.
In terms of his shooting, he is hitting plenty of shots in this clip (No. 4), but highlights don’t include the misses.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) November 24, 2018
Barnes has spent time with USA Basketball throughout high school, winning gold medals in the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.
Ohio State does not yet have any verbal commitments in the 2020 recruiting class. Chris Holtmann’s 2019 class ranks No. 10 in the nation and the Buckeyes currently only have room for two signees in 2020.
You can check out more highlights of Scottie Barnes below.