Guard Dwyane Bacon returning to Florida State

 

 

Less than a week after announcing he was submitting his name to the NBA draft, guard Dwayne Bacon is returning to FSU.
Guard Dwayne Bacon led Florida State in scoring and rebounding.

Less than a week after announcing he would be submitting his name to the NBA draft, Florida State freshman guard Dwayne Bacon said he is returning to Florida State.

Bacon revealed the decision via his Twitter account.

Bacon originally said he was not hiring an agent and that returning to Florida State for his sophomore season remained 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. Bacon will not attend the combine and is not going to work out for any teams.

Bacon, a 6-7 guard from Lakeland, led Florida State with 15.8 points and 5.8 rebounds last season. He shot .447 from the field (197 of 441) and .281 (32 of 114) on 3 pointers. He was projected by nbadraft.net to be the 19th pick in the draft.

Fellow freshman Malik Beasley announced last week he was entering the draft. Beasley is not expected to return.

Bacon and Beasley both were members of the the All-ACC freshman team and the top two scorers for coach Leonard Hamilton’s team.

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.

https://twitter.com/BaconDwayne1000/status/712823716510625792

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.

Florida State freshman Malik Beasley to enter NBA draft

Florida State freshman Malik Beasley will enter the NBA draft.
Florida State freshman Malik Beasley is projected to be the 17th pick by nbadraft.net.

Malik Beasley, one of two Florida State players on the All-ACC freshman team, announced Monday night that he is entering the 2016 NBA draft.

The 6-5, 196 pound guard revealed his decision on his Twitter account.

https://twitter.com/MaLiKK_5/status/712081340041175040

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton issued a statement saying he supports Beasley’s decision:

“Malik is a wonderful young man and we are very happy for him and his family. He enjoyed a great freshman year and we are looking forward to watching him as he realizes his dreams. He was an outstanding player for our basketball team, is a young man of tremendous character and is an extremely hard worker.

“We are behind Malik and know he will be successful in everything he does because he is such a quality person both on and off the basketball court.”

Beasley and fellow freshman, 6-7 guard Dwayne Bacon, led FSU, which finished a disappointing 20-14, including 1-1 in the NIT. The Seminoles were being projected as one of the last teams into the NCAA field until a late-season five game losing streak knocked them off the bubble.

Beasley was second on the team with 15.6 points per game, trailing Bacon, who averaged 15.8. Beasley shot .471 from the field and .387 on 3 pointers (55 of 142). He averaged 5.3 rebounds and had 51 assists.

Beasley is projected by nbadraft.net to be taken 17th by the Celtics.

The Seminoles now are awaiting a decision by Bacon.

 

 

 

President Obama picks Florida State women to reach Final Four

 

 

President Obama fills out the women's NCAA tournament bracket on ESPN.
President Obama fills out the NCAA women’s basketball tournament bracket on ESPN.

Florida State’s women’s basketball team arrived in College Station, Texas, for Saturday’s first round game of the NCAA tournament with extra motivation. …

The leader of our country is counting on them to make him look good.

President Barack Obama picked the fifth-seeded Seminoles to reach the Final Four, something they have never accomplished in their history. The President has FSU and three No. 1 seeds advancing to Indianapolis, but he has FSU losing in the semifinals. Obama made his picks on ESPN.

Obama has Connecticut defeating FSU and Notre Dame advancing past South Carolina in the semis and UConn over the Irish in the April 5 title game. 5.

This marks the fifth time in seven years Obama has gone with the Huskies to win the title.

FSU women's basketball coach Sue Semrau.
FSU women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau.

FSU coach Sue Semrau told Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat that she appreciates her program being recognized. The Seminoles (23-7) are in the NCAA tournament for the 13th time since 2000. They have reached the Elite Eight twice, including last year as the No. 2 seed, where they lost to No. 1 seed South Carolina.

“It is fun to be recognized at that level, not only by ESPN but by the President of the United States is pretty fun,” Semrau told Henry.

Obama has FSU beating No. 12 Middle Tennessee, No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 1 Baylor and No. 2 Louisville on the way to the Final Four. The Seminoles’ first round game is Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

 

 

Obama is all over the bracket with Florida teams. He has South Florida as the lowest seed (No. 6) to reach the Sweet 16 with the Bulls upsetting UCLA in the second round.

But he has Florida and Miami, both 5 seeds, losing in the first round to 12 seeds. Obama picked Albany to upset the Gators and South Dakota State to send home the Hurricanes.

 

Video: Duke’s Grayson Allen appears to intentionally trip FSU player

Following in the wake of predecessors like Christian Laettner, Chris Collins, Steve Wojciechowski, J.J. Redick and more, sophomore Duke guard Grayson Allen seems well on his way to becoming the next great — and almost universally hated — Blue Devils basketball player.

Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils drives past Malik Beasley #5 and Dwayne Bacon #4 of the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 25, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 80-65. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils drives past Malik Beasley #5 and Dwayne Bacon #4 of the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 25, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 80-65. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

He’s fulfilling the “great” part of that equation, averaging 20.9 points per game for the 21-7 Blue Devils.

And he keeps doing more to add to the “universally hated” bit, as well.

During Thursday night’s 80-65 home win for Duke over the Florida State Seminoles, Allen was clearly caught on video tripping Noles guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes.

If that seems like déjà vu, you would be correct.

Allen was seen doing the same thing against Louisville a few weeks earlier.

Great player? Yep, seems like it. In fact, Allen had 18 in Thursday’s win over the Noles.

Dirty player? Yep, seems like that, too.