Dwayne Bacon has had quite the school year. He started at IMG
Academy in Bradenton, Fla. That turned out to be a less than ideal fit so the
nation's No. 33 ranked player transferred.
"The coach that recruited me left," said Bacon. Not sure how he wanted to move
forward, Bacon consulted those closest to him. "I talked to my mom, talked to
coach Diane (Neal, his AAU Coach) and we decided I needed to transfer then."
Thanks to a rule in Florida, students are allowed participate in interscholastic
extracurricular activities at one school if they are home schooled or attend an
alternative school academically. As such, in mid January it was decided that
Bacon would take classes at McKeel Academy while playing ball for Faith Baptist.
Now that things have settled down the junior has one less thing on his mind as
he manages his recruitment and gets ready for his final travel season. Already
holding 28 offers at the end of last year, Bacon's phone seldom stops getting
calls or text messages from coaches.
"Some schools just got out of season and they're hitting me up again," said
hit me up a lot. UCLA's season just ended so I may be hearing from them
in a few."
One of the schools that have offered Bacon is South Florida, who fired
head coach Stan Heath on March 14.
"When I heard that I was like 'Not him, they just had Dominique Jones go to the
league,'" said Bacon. "He was a good coach and I could relate to him. Now I just
have to meet who they've brought in and see if I still hold that offer."
At 6-foot-6, 205-pounds Bacon has the size and athleticism to play either
shooting guard or small forward at the next level. He's a reliable three-point
shooter but is most effective taking the ball to the rim to score. Bacon has
good court vision and can make his teammates better with his underrated passing
ability. At the other end of the court he's an opportunistic defender who takes
a lot of chances on getting steals or getting into the passing lanes for
With the NCAA Tournament down to the Final Four, we asked Bacon if he paid a lot
of attention to March Madness.
"I watched UCLA, they offered at the City of Palms," he said. "I just like the
way they get up and down, they run and I like to run the floor. There's a lot of
upsets in the tournament. You never know with the NCAA Tournament everybody
comes to play. I don't do a bracket though, never have."
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