Dion Dacons, an active 6-6, 205 pound power/combination forward from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., has enjoyed a great season so far for Steve Smith Warriors. "Dion would be our MVP if we had to name one today," Smith said. "He has played so hard on both ends of the court. He is so relentless."
It's this attitude that has helped Dacons average a team leading 22 points and seven rebounds so far for tradional powerhouse Oak Hill. "He runs the floor so hard," Smith said. "He just outbattles others for the loose balls and rebounds. He has a chance to be a very good college basketball player."
For this to happen, Smith said Dacons will have to improve one part of his game. "He will have to improve his medium range game," Smith said. "He is starting to do that. So he has a chance."
During the summer, Dacons told the Insiders Report/Rivalshoops.com that he has been offered scholarships by Clemson, DePaul and Delaware. But the schools listed above and below have mostly nailed down its own commitments. "He has people like Boston University and Davidson working him hard," Smith said. "He may want to go to a higher level. But he has to do certain things for that to happen."
In addition to those three programs, Dacons previously had shown interest in Richmond, Indiana, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia Commonwealth, William & Mary, Old Dominion and UNC-Wilmington. He unofficially tripped to N.C. State and Wake Forest. But remember, most of these schools have received commitments. So it's likely Dacons' list come next year will be completely different. "He's open," Smith said. "He has been our best player this season."
On a loaded Oak Hill Academy squad, Dacons averaged seven points and six rebounds per game in a reserve role last season. He is no longer a reserve. "He's a main part of our offense and defense," Smith said. "As I said before, he has been our most valuable player. I think it's because he plays so hard every minute and every second."
The thing we liked most about Dacons was his aggressive play and his relentless assault on the basket all game long. He hits the offensive glass hard from the wing and is also an effective scorer in transition settings. He can put the ball on the floor a bit with effectiveness, but just for short stretches.
Dacons said he has a 3.6 GPA and scored a 1060 on the SAT. "He is a bright kid," Smith said. "It's been a pleasure to have him the past couple of seasons."