Posted On: 10/4/21 6:32 AM

Yesterday morning I stopped in St. Frances Academy to watch what is always a great preseason matchup between the hosting Panthers and Mt. Zion Prep. St. Frances was without two of their starters in 2022 Cortez Johnson Cortez Johnson 6'7" | PF St. Frances | 2023 State MD (ankle) and 2023 Jahnathan Lamothe Jahnathan Lamothe 6'3" | CG St. Frances | 2023 State #38 Nation MD (official visit to LSU), but still managed to put themselves in a great position to win. They forced overtime, but ultimately came up short by one point. Here are some takeaways from the contest:

Devon Barnes Devon Barnes 6'1" | PG Mt. Zion Prep | 2022 State MD leads the Warriors

I’ve been a fan of Barnes since I first saw him live as a rising sophomore at Will Barton Elite Camp. Now standing almost 6-foot-2, Barnes has good size for a point guard to go with a lethal three-point shot. He led the way for his team with 22 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc, but Barnes also made just as much of an impact on defense by coming away with four steals. His active hands won’t allow for any slip ups on or off the ball. He’s always focused in on his surroundings and he has accurate anticipation with his steal attempts. Offensively not only was he

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