Raptors Draft Barnes

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Toronto Raptors Select Forward Scottie Barnes Out of Florida State

We didn’t have to wait too long to witness our first surprise of Draft night.

The Toronto Raptors have been linked to Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs for weeks leading into Thursday night’s NBA Draft, and as the fourth pick rolled around, the Raptors took a sharp left turn.

With the fourth overall pick, the Raptors selected the 6-foot-9 forward out of Florida State, Scottie Barnes.

“Once they called my name, it was really just a huge rush of excitement,” Barnes told reporters on a video call after putting on the Raptors hat for the first time. “When I went on my workout day, I really had a good workout, being able to talk to people on their staff, really develop a relationship.”

A consensus top-5 pick heading into the night, the 19-year old Barnes is a force on both ends of the floor with elite level athleticism and raw tools that had some evaluators dream on Barnes being potentially one of the best two players in this entire class.

An above average ball-handler with good basketball IQ and playmaking ability, Barnes is by no means a finished product. There have been slight concerns with his shooting going into the draft, but according to reports, his shooting has improved since college and the Raptors have plans on making a couple of further adjustments.

“If they feel like they need to fix something in it, I’m willing to work with them to try to fix whatever it needs,” he said. “I’m willing to do whatever it takes to try to be the best player I can be, being that great player, being at the top of the league, being able to just come in day in and day out knowing that I’m the best player on the floor.

“I’m trying to achieve greatness.”

The Raptors also hold the 46th and 47th picks in this year’s draft.

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