NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.– UK target Scottie Barnes is one of the most talented players in 2020, and although he’s heard from Kentucky he’s not focusing in on his recruitment at this point.
The 6-foot-8, 200-pound wing already has earned an offer from the Cats, but it’s unclear where things will go from here.
Reporters: On if he’s heard from UK and who’s talking to him
Scottie Barnes: Yes, I have. I think it was Joel Justus
Reporters: On what UK is saying
Scottie Barnes: They just say they like my work ethic and how hard I play.
Reporters: On what he thinks about when he thinks about Kentucky.
Scottie Barnes: They get a lot of players to the league and they’re a really high program, so that’s good.
Reporters: On if he’s looking at visits after the summer.
Scottie Barnes: I haven’t been thinking about visits right now.
Reporters: On if his parents are helping him in his recruitment.
Scottie Barnes: Not really. Just a little bit. They tell me what programs fit me the best. That’s probably it.
Reporters: On if has any favorites.
Scottie Barnes: No, I’m just letting things come to me.
Reporters: On what programs his parent’s mention are the best
Scottie Barnes: They don’t tell me which programs are the best, they tell which programs fit my game very well.
Reporters: On which programs fit his game very well
Scottie Barnes: Well, people tell me different stuff, like Syracuse because I’m long. They’ll tell me, a lot of run-and-gun programs that play in transition.
Reporters: On if there’s any players he’d like to play with in college.
Scottie Barnes: I really like the way that Jeremy Roach plays. He’s a great point guard. He’s just a great player and I think it would be a good player to play with.
Reporters: On if they all talk about playing together.
Scottie Barnes: I haven’t been talking about my recruitment because I’m focused on this.
Reporters: On where Vernon Carey Jr. will end up and the type of big he will be in college.
Scottie Barnes: I don’t know, but he’s a very versatile player. He will be a four or a five and he can really score the ball.
(Editors note: UK has prioritized Roach in 2020 and I’d guess as of today he ends up as a Cat, that could be big for Barnes’ recruitment)