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2020 top-five prospect Scottie Barnes cuts list, includes Kentucky

Photo by USA Basketball

Photo by USA Basketball

John Calipari and the Kentucky coaching staff are still looking to close out the class of 2019 strong, but that’s not stopping them from making moves for the future.

Scottie Barnes, a consensus top-five prospect and the No. 1 forward in the class of 2020, has officially cut his list to eight schools, and Kentucky made the cut.

Scottie Barnes (2020)
Forward | 6-8 | 210 lbs.
Fort Lauderdale, FL | University School
AAU: Nike Team Florida
ESPN No. 4 | 2 PF Top247 No. 3 | 1 SF
Rivals No. 4 | 1 PF 247 Comp.  No. 3 | 1 SF

The final schools in contention? Kentucky, Duke, Florida State, Kansas, Miami, Ohio State, Cal-Berkeley, and Oregon.

He announced the final cut on his Twitter account:

Barnes, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward out of Florida, is known as one of the most versatile players in the class of 2020 with the ability to score at all three levels, bring the ball up the court, and use his length to alter shots on the defensive end of the floor. With more room to grow and his skills developing at a rapid pace, it’s no surprise he is one of the most sought-after prospects in the class.

As far as his recruitment is concerned, Barnes has already officially visited Florida State and Oregon, along with a few unofficial visits to Miami over the past two years. Beyond his handful of visits over the course of his high school career, it seems as though the Fort Lauderdale native is in no rush to make a decision.

During every major media opportunity he has had over the last year or so, Barnes has nearly brushed off recruiting entirely, saying he’s only focused on playing basketball right now. In the few times he has opened up about specific schools, Kentucky always finds themselves in the discussion as one of his potential favorites.

He was the first player in the class of 2020 to receive an offer from John Calipari, after all.

“When they came to my school to talk to me they said they saw something special in me,” he said of Kentucky, via Prep Circuit. “They like how I can develop their program and be a major key to them. They love the way I play on defense and they know that I like to win. They know that I will bring that leadership to their team.”

Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee has been in to visit Barnes multiple times, while assistant coach Joel Justus has also maintained consistent contact with the star forward.

Beyond Kentucky, Florida is a school that has garnered quite a bit of buzz in Barnes’ recruitment, making it a bit of a surprise they didn’t make the cut. Oregon has also picked up steam, with Andrew Slater of 247 Sports submitting a Crystal Ball pick for the 6-foot-8 prospect on February 2.

Watch his summer highlight reel:


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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17 Comments for 2020 top-five prospect Scottie Barnes cuts list, includes Kentucky

  1. Someone needs to learn to count . There are only 6 logos in the pic.

  2. IrishCat
    2:16 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s get him!

  3. 2Dogs
    2:18 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Are we recruiting anyone in the 2020 class who can consistently shoot the ball from outside?

    • syrin23
      5:20 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly. At this point, I would rather have a bunch of four star recruits that shoot 40% from behind the arc.

  4. BigolBlue
    2:24 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Not going to UK.

    • bigbluenationmbb
      2:41 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Actually he has a strong tie to Kentucky so don’t count him out but cal hasn’t been able to land any top guys anymore

  5. bigblue2284
    2:37 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    I’m betting KU or Duke. UK won’t land a top 5 guy in this class.

  6. a21CATSfan
    2:48 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    He’s too highly rated to come to Kentucky. Especially with Tony Barbee on the lead; shouldn’t waste anymore time on this kid. CATS

  7. cmgormanjr1
    2:56 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Who cares that his list is now 8?

  8. Big Meech
    3:18 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    I wouldn’t come to uk if I was a recruit if I read the comments on this site. So much negativity!!! We are doing great even after the loss. We will learn and I’m saying we beat ut on Saturday. Go cats

  9. VirginiaCat
    4:30 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    It’s not negativity, Meech, just the new reality. We have been swinging and missing on top elites in recent years. The result is predictable. Just look at what Duke did to us this year. A week or so ago, the top guard prospect in the country decided to spurn us and go to…Georgia. Our brand has been on the decline since 2015. Cal still gets good players, but doesn’t keep them long enough to mature into a dominant team.

  10. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:52 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    I’m sure he’s Durham bound.

    5:59 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    How about we focus our collective energy on THIS YEARS TEAM? The majority of these kids are just looking for social media clicks and “likes”. Once they are HERE they are royalty for a lifetime – until then…. Pffffffft.

  12. World Wide Wes
    5:59 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    When did you get out of jail Meech?

  13. Just saying
    6:53 am February 14, 2019 Permalink

    Wonder how many top high school recruits that do not list KY in their Top 5-8? Doesn’t really mean much anymore. Even Cal has said he has had players contact him to ask him if they could list UK. He told them to go ahead knowing they were not even considering combing to Lex. Just upping their resume.

  14. RAGE
    9:23 am February 14, 2019 Permalink

    I would really like to get this guy…