Dwayne
Bacon
Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6'7" / 220 lbs
School/Club: Florida State
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: August 30, 1995

DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Charlotte Hornets

About Dwayne Bacon

As the first five-star recruit to sign with Florida State, Bacon might have been expected to play one year and bolt for the NBA. But realizing he had a few weaknesses to shore up, Bacon made the mature decision to stay another year. In the offseason he spent hours in the gym working on shooting mechanics so he could release the ball the same way, time after time. Starting with midrange jumpers, Bacon moved back to the 3-point line, and the result was that a 28.8 3-point shooter improved to a decent 33 percent and produced several games where he knocked teams out from 3, including Virginia (six 3s, including the game winner with two seconds to play). Bacon also worked on his defensive fundamentals, all in an effort to become a more complete player. His success, but more important, Florida State’s success, this season proved that he accomplished his goal.

Strengths

  • Can slash to the rim and score through contact
  • Excels in transition
  • Length
  • Solid rebounder
  • Good size for an NBA wing
  • Gets to the free-throw line a lot and can cash in
  • Improved 3-point shooter
  • Decent passer

Weaknesses

  • 3-point percentage could improve even more
  • Still working on defensive consistency

NBA projection: Bacon is certain to be drafted, but what round seems to be uncertain. Mock drafts show him going from the late first-round to the middle of the second.

2016-17 Season
Bacon earned second-team All-ACC honors and helped lead the Seminoles to a 26-9 record, third-place finish in the league and to the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament. He led FSU in scoring, made field goals (221), made 3-pointers (57) and made free throws (104). He was chosen to the Preseason NIT All-Tournament team after averaging 19 points in four games, and was chosen the MVP of the Orange Bowl Classic after scoring 16 points. Bacon was only the second sophomore in school history to pass the 1,000-career-points barrier.

Key statistics: 17.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.0 tpg, 1.0 spg, 28.81 mpg, .452 FG, .333 3PT, .754 FT

Career Highlights: An All-ACC Second Team selection as a sophomore. Earned All-ACC Freshman Team honors as an FSU rookie. Ranks 17th in school history  with a career scoring average of 16.5 points per game. Scored in double-figures 35 straight games spanning across his first and second seasons. In 2015, was honoredas  one  of  five  finalists  for  the  Naismith  Trophy,  awarded annually  to  the  nation’s  top  high  school  player. Also selected to the McDonald’s All-American Game, where he won the dunk contest.

Cool statistic: Bacon scored in double figures for a calendar year -- Feb. 17, 2016 to Feb. 18, 2017 -- and 35 consecutive games.

Reminds me of: Gerald Wilkins

What Insiders Say
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton

“No question about it, he’s improved in every area we’ve asked him to improve. It wasn’t like he wasn’t improving last year. He decided he wanted to continue improving, and that’s what he’s done.”

What Outsiders Say
Charleston Southern coach Barclay Radebaugh

“If he shoots like that from the perimeter [4 of 6 from 3] it just opens up a whole new world for him. He puts the ball on the floor so well righty and lefty. He has the ability to get to a spot and with his size jump up and make shots. So if you have to guard him on the 3‐point line like that, then that’s going to be significant, even in the ACC. The other thing he did that I was impressed with is he made a 3 behind the screen. If he can do that, off his left hand, that’s something. If he can do that, then that gives him a whole other dimension and opens up some driving angles and makes teams have to spread out quite a bit.”

 

 

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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