Armando Bacot is one of the fastest rising juniors in the country.
On Thursday when the updated Scout.com 2019 rankings are released, Bacot, a 6-foot-10 post player out of Richmond (Va.) Trinity Episcopal, will move into the five-star range.
Bacot showed on the opening day of the NBPA Top 100 Camp that he’s certainly deserving of that type of ranking, as he showed his versatility and ability to impact the game in a variety of ways on offense.
“I’m just a competitor and a low post scorer that can block shots,” Bacot said when describing his game. “I’m a winner.”
What makes Bacot a winner?
“My last probably 60 games, I’ve only lost three times,” he said. “I just go out there and compete I just know how to win.”
Bacot said he models his game Jahlil Okafor and DeMarcus Cousins because “they are both back to the basket, old school bigs, but also versatile.”
On the recruiting front, Bacot is starting to garner more and more college interest. Among the schools he said are prioritizing him are Virginia, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Florida State, Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Villanova.
College coaches can begin contacting juniors directly on June 15th and Bacot is expecting some calls from some high-level schools.
Duke’s interest in Bacot appears to be ramping up, as the talented post player visited there last week.
“When I went to Duke, it was just their tradition,” he said. “They had the K Academy going on and they pay $10,000 to go to the camp. That says a lot because there was a lot of former players going back, visiting Duke and that shows how much they care about coach K.”
Bacot also took an unofficial visit to North Carolina while he was in the area.
“It was like a 30-minute visit,” he said. “I just went and chopped it up with coach Hubert Davis.”
“He was just asking me when I played this summer and said he would definitely be at all of my games in July,” Bacot added.