On today's episode of the Barstool Bench Mob, we welcomed on Florida State freshman guard Scottie Barnes. The highest-rated recruit in Seminoles history was generous enough to take some time to speak with us regarding his FSU team, Coach Leonard Hamilton, why the unofficial emoji for FSU athletics is a sushi kebab, and much more.
I also opened up the interview with a topic on the identity of Florida State basketball. The majority of this season in college hoops has been the chatter around the fact that the blue bloods are struggling. Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, UCLA, Indiana, and Kansas have all had better seasons. As for the team residing in Tallahassee? They know they are not a blue blood. However, Barnes and the Seminoles are embracing that, which brings us to the term "New Blood."
"Everyone knows what a blue blood is. The Duke, North Carolina, Kansas. The Blue Bloods are the traditional teams that have dominated the NCAA for so long. We just emphasize the New Blood because we are just that team that is coming up. We're like a new sheriff in town. We're here and we want to make our presence felt." - Scottie Barnes
New sheriff in town, indeed. Florida State has very quietly had a successful decade on the hardwood:
2010: 22-10, NCAA Tournament R64
2011: 23-11, NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
2012: 25-10, NCAA Tournament R32
2017: 26-9, NCAA Tournament R32
2018: 23-12, NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2019: 29-8, NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
2020: 26-5, ACC Champions (NCAA Tournament Canceled)
2021: Currently 13-3 (9-2), first place in the ACC
The Seminoles are certainly a team that can make the Final Four, in addition to having a chance to cut down the nets in Indianapolis. And if they do that, Scottie Barnes will be a big reason why.
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