There was never any doubt in five-star small forward Dwayne Bacon's mind that he had the talent to be one of America's top players in the class of 2015. It was just a matter of putting it all together and convincing everybody else of that.
With a bigtime spring and summer, the 6-foot-6 Floridian who will play his senior season at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill has made his case quite convincingly.
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In the process, Bacon has risen to No. 22 overall in the Rivals150. A high flyer who has always been strong in transition, Bacon has embraced hard work.
"I've just been everyday in the gym where most players work on one thing, me no matter how long it takes I'm working on everything," Bacon told Rivals.com. "I work on my whole all around game. I'm trying to be a different and special player and to do that you can't just work on one thing all the time."
In further hopes of improving his game and getting more prepared for college, Bacon decided that playing for Steve Smith at Oak Hill was an important step in getting ready for the next level.
"I'm just looking to get better," said Bacon when asked why he transferred to Oak Hill. "I don't want to have a spot right away I want to go in and complete and show them that I can really play. Oak Hill is a big time school and I'm trying to be a pro so going to Oak Hill where Coach Smith has had all those pros I think it is a good place to learn how to be one.
"It will definitely prepare me for college. Being from Florida and going to Virginia for the last year of school and doing all of that traveling, I think it will help prepare me for everything."
One of the most heavily recruited players in the country, Bacon has countless offers at this point. The likes of Baylor, Clemson, DePaul, Florida State, Georgia, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis, N.C. State, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, USC, USF, Virginia Tech and many more have offered scholarships.
In August, Bacon would like to set his first list and he's thinking that he'll first try to get down to between 10 and 15 programs. He hasn't yet set any official visits and is no hurry to make a decision.
"I'm not going to commit for a while," said Bacon. "But at least after July or in late August I'll have my list cut down."
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