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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.