'15 star Bacon 'really looking into' U of L

One of the earliest offers for top-25 junior Dwayne Bacon came from the University of Louisville. Bacon said he now has 19 offers but the Cardinals are in the mix. Cardinal Authority spoke with the star headed to Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy.

Dwayne Bacon has 19 scholarship offers at last count.

But the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Bacon said one of those offers "is pretty special" because it was one of the first major schools to show interest.

"Louisville," Bacon said. "I was kind of happy when I got Louisville. They just won the championship and they like to run and gun.

"It's a good fit for me, I can do that. I was excited with that offer.

Bacon, who is ranked No. 24 in the Scout.com national rankings, also has offers from Florida State, Virginia Tech, Central Florida, South Florida, Baylor, Memphis, Marquette, Clemson, DePaul, Xavier and Oklahoma State among others.

"It's been a fun summer for me," Bacon said. "I kind of blew up this summer, picking up a lot of offers. I felt like I could do some big things this year.

"Last year, I had some good games but not every game. This year, I had to come out and try and help my team win every single game."

Bacon said the offers came only after he showed a ton of improvement in his all-around game from this time last season. He played for Showtime Ballers and was sensational in Las Vegas last week, playing with the team in two events.

He was also a standout at the Nike Elite 100 in June.

"I have improved a lot," Bacon said. "I improved physically and mentally, both on and off the court. I am just a better player all-around."

The interest from U of L came just after assistant Mike Balado, who had been at Florida International, was hired in late April. Balado reached out to Bacon and the two have built a relationship.

"We talk a lot and have a great relationship," Bacon said. "The offer meant a lot to me. It was one of the first big time offers I got, so it was special.

"I am really looking into Louisville.

Bacon said he has talked to Balado about coming to U of L for a visit at some point later this summer or in the fall, noting "I want to get to campus soon."

"Coach Pitino is a great coach," Bacon said. "I really think he fits me as a coach. He's just a good coach, who lets his players play."

With so much attention, Bacon said he hasn't made up his mind on what he will do next in the process. There's a chance he will cut the list down at some point this fall, but he's just going to keep building relationships for now.

"My mom and coaches tell me to wait it out and see what's best for me," Bacon said. "I'm not sure. But when it does come down to it, I know Louisville will be in the top (of the list) for me."

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