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With the fourth-overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors selected Florida State forward Scottie Barnes. While the selection is controversial, with many expecting Toronto to pick Jalen Suggs, there is no doubt that Barnes’ blend of size, athleticism and IQ represent the foundation of a future star.
Aside from his on-court ability, Barnes brings a ton of character and personality to the team. The 19 year-old native of West Palm Beach, Florida, stood out to Toronto’s front office with his attitude and energy.
After successful seasons at Cardinal Newman High School and NSU University School in Florida, Scottie Barnes transferred to Montverde Academy, where he shined alongside fellow 2021 NBA Draft prospects Cade Cunningham, Moses Moody and Day’Ron Sharpe. As a five-star recruit, Barnes committed to Florida State University in 2019. He declared for the NBA Draft following a strong freshman season, taking home ACC Freshman of the Year and ACC Sixth-Man of the Year honours in the process.
Barnes has also shone on the international stage, where he has won a whopping three gold medals representing the United States in U-16, U-17 and U-19 World Cups.
Read our Scottie Barnes prospect profile here.
With the 46th pick of the draft, Toronto selected local boy Dalano Banton out of the University of Nebraska. Banton moved to Massachusetts to play high school basketball before committing to Western Kentucky for college as a four-star recruit. In 2019, the 6-foot-9 guard announced his transfer to Nebraska. Following a great year with the Cornhuskers, averaging 9.6 points and 5.9 rebounds, Banton declared for the NBA Draft. Banton also became the first Canadian to ever be picked by the Raptors in the draft.
With the 47th pick, the Raptors selected David Johnson from Louisville. The 20 year-old, 6-foot-5 guard spent his childhood in his native Kentucky, where he graduated high school as a four-star college recruit and the best college prospect in the state. After committing to Louisville, then de-committing, and finally re-committing, Johnson went on to become a standout in college. He averaged 12.6 points-per-game in his sophomore season, shooting 38.6 per cent from three.