One of the most sought after prospects in the 2015 class has been small forward Dwayne Bacon. The IMG Academy product would be a nice fit to provide quality minutes behind Sterling Brown and it was his game in Mississippi that caught the SMU staff's eyes.
"I was playing in Mississippi and they were watching and I don't know if they were there to watch me, but they came back to watch another game and then another game," Bacon said. "It was that Monday or Tuesday after and they offered."
The staff offered Bacon a month or so ago and Bacon was and is still excited with the offer and building a relationship with Larry Brown and the staff.
"It's a good thing. He texts me a lot. Tells me how much they need my talent," the 6-7, 190-pound wing said. "I was looking forward to talking with him and it was a great conversation."
Brown isn't just available to answer Bacon's questions, but also sends him some of his own, wanting to pick the young player's brain just as much as Bacon wants to pick Brown's.
"It's a pretty good relationship. He texts me a lot with different questions, NBA questions and we just talk," Bacon said. "There are some pretty good moments so it's a good relationship so far."
One thing that won't have any affect on Bacon and the staff's relationship is distance. Bacon says he doesn't care that Dallas is across the country from his school in Florida and is only focused on being the best player he can be at the next level.
"It won't affect it at all," Bacon said. "It doesn't matter where I go as long as I can help the team."With about 30 offers, most recently from the likes of Oklahoma State, Tennessee, USC, Wake Forest and UNLV Bacon doesn't have any timeframe on when he would like to make a decision nor does he know if a visit to SMU is coming anytime soon.
Bacon will likely be a spring signee for wherever he decides to take his talents to.
Those talents include his ability to get to the basket, not because of an explosive first step, but his body control he uses to get through defenders.
"I like to create things off the dribble. I can create on my own shot on the drive at anytime," Bacon said. "I'm the type of player that likes to create his own shot and get to the basket. I play defense and I'm an all-around player."
Bacon is currently playing for the Showtime Ballers in his AAU season.