Freshman Dwayne Bacon to submit name to NBA draft with option of returning to Florida State

Dwayne Bacon will submit his name to the NBA draft, but has not hired an agent, leaving himself the option of return to Florida State.

Dwayne Bacon will submit his name to the NBA draft, but has not hired an agent, leaving himself the option of return to Florida State.

 

Florida State freshman Dwyane Bacon will submit his name to the NBA but with the option of returning to college.

Bacon announced his decision tonight via his Twitter account, saying he will not hire an agent and that returning to Florida State for his sophomore season remains a viable option. The NCAA now allows underclassmen to return to school after attending the NBA Draft Combine and individual team workouts if they do not hire an agent. The combine is May 10-15 in Chicago. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is May. 25.

Fellow freshman Malik Beasley announced on Monday he was entering the draft. Beasley is not likely to go back on his decision.

Bacon, a 6-7 guard from Lakeland, led Florida State with 15.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. He shot .447 from the field (197 of 441) and .281 (32 of 114) on 3 pointer.

Bacon and Beasley, both members of the the All-ACC freshman team, were the top two scorers for coach Leonard Hamilton’s team. Florida State, though, finished a disappointing 20-14, including 1-1 in the NIT. FSU was being projected as one of the last teams into the NCAA field until a late-season five game losing streak knocked it off the bubble.

Bacon is projected by nbadraft.net to be taken 19th by the Pacers. Beasley has moved up in the nbadraft.net board to No. 12.