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Scottie Barnes: Cade Cunningham and Jalen Suggs praise infectious personality of Toronto Raptors rookie

Add Cade Cunningham and Jalen Suggs to the list of people who have nothing but good things to say about Scottie Barnes.

Cunningham, Suggs and Barnes have a history together beyond being members of the same draft class, as they were teammates on Team USA in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup. The trio helped the United States win their seventh Under-19 World Cup gold medal at the time, combining for 47 of the team's 93 points in their final against Mali.

Cunningham and Suggs talked about their success together in a recent interview at Summer League.

"Y'all know who Scottie Barnes is, y'all know how he is," Cunningham responded when asked who on the team kept things the loosest. "He just brings so much energy. He's always up. He's always trying to get everybody else up. Scottie's that guy."

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Suggs said more of the same.

"Scottie's infectious," Suggs added. "He's someone you want to be around. He cracks jokes off the court, but on the court, he's super serious. It makes you want to run with him."

The Detroit Pistons selected Cunningham with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Barnes went No. 4 to the Toronto Raptors while Suggs went No. 5 to the Orlando Magic.

Barnes appeared in four Summer League games with the Raptors, posting averages of 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

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