U of L should 'definitely' be on Bacon's list

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Dwyane Bacon has been one of the highest-scoring players in the first two days of the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp. Bacon talks about his recruitment, including the on-going interest from the University of Louisville with Cardinal Authority.

One of the top 30 prospects in the country, Lakeland, Fla., small forward Dwayne Bacon is off to a solid start at the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp at the University of Virginia.

Bacon has been one of the highest-scoring players through three games with 42 points, including 5 of 9 from three-point range.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Bacon, ranked No. 28 in the Scout.com Class of 2015 rankings, has more than 30 scholarship offers and a ton of interest from some top schools, including Louisville.

Bacon said he has "about 15 or so" schools showing him the most interest but noted he's ready to start focusing on just a few.

"I will cut my list after July," he said. "It will probably be right after the last tournament in July. I just don't know exactly when."

Bacon started getting interest from Louisville last summer and that has continued. In recent weeks, Bacon has chatted with assistant coach Mike Balado and said U of L coach Rick Pitino has "been in touch a couple of times."

"Who wouldn't want to play for Rick Pitino?" he said. "I got a chance to meet him and it was great. He's one of the best coaches out there, so yeah Louisville is still there for me."

Bacon said he feels like four schools "have made me their top priority," noting those would be USC, SMU, Florida State and TCU, while noting there are others that "are showing me a lot."

"When you have a school that really wants you, it's an amazing feeling," he said. "If you are like me and start from nothing and not knowing you would be this talented, it's an even more amazing feeling. It really is."

Bacon said he does "feel like Louisville wants me," but said he's "hoping" the Cardinals pick up the recruitment even more in the future.

"I think they are waiting on this year's class to get in and get situated," Bacon said. "But coach (Balado) told me in July they will be out and they will be watching me a lot.

"They should be on my (cut down) list, most definitely they'll be on that list."

Bacon said he's using the NBPA camp and other events this summer to continue to try and improve his skills. He said he feels like his skill set is "much better" than it was a year ago.

And he also said there's another change in his game, which was necessary.

"My motor has gotten a lot higher and I am just more energetic," Bacon said. "I think I can play the 1, 2 or 3 and I can guard the little guys. I think that's helped me become a better all-around player, my motor is better.

"I've really been working on that a lot."

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