4 - Dwayne Bacon

6-6, 220 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Florida St. Sophomore
08/30/95 (26.9 yrs)
Lakeland, FL
High School
Oak Hill Academy
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Gerald Wilkins

Strengths: Athletic player with solid size for a wing (6’6”, 221 lbs, 6’10 wingspan, 8′ 7.5” standing reach) … Knows how to use his body for positioning … Takes advantage of smaller defenders … Attacks any perceived mismatches … Has the requisite strength to guard bigger players on switches … Possesses natural scoring instincts … Knows how to create his own shot … Can break down his defender one-on-one … Capable of willing himself into the lane … Finishes well through contact … Makes something out of nothing on offense … Ability to make tough shots … Plays well in transition … Has the speed to fill the wing on a fastbreak … Explosive leaper and fluid athlete … Capable ball handler … Comfortable running the pick-and-roll … Has an array of moves to use in the midrange areas … An active defender when he puts his mind to it, and shows solid potential on that side of the floor … Made plays in passing lanes … Adept at stripping the ball away in the paint … Can guard wings and stretch-fours on defense … Will be most effective as a third option or scorer off of the bench in the NBA … Plug-and-play type of talent at the next level … Has an NBA body with the ability to make plays through contact …

Weaknesses: Has the physical attributes to become a good defender but does not always show the same intensity on that end of the floor … Must work on fundamentals and get lower, and get his hands up at all times, to be in a ready position … Too often opponents get clear looks simply because he’s late to react and doesn’t challenge them by keeping him inside their area … His NBA playing time will be zero if he cannot correct these simple fundamental issues … Not a consistent threat from the perimeter … Unnecessarility forces the action sometimes … Decision making should be better at his age … Will put his head down and attack instead of moving the ball to soften defense … Gets dribble-happy from time-to-time … Falls asleep off the ball every now and then … Old for a sophomore (will be 22 by the beginning of the 2017 NBA season) …

Notes: Measured 6′ 4.75” barefoot, 6′ 6.25” in shoes, 221.6 lbs, 6′ 10” wingspan, and a 8′ 7.5” standing reach at the 2017 NBA Draft Combine …

Brandon Jefferson 5/15/17

Strengths: Bacon is a wiry and long guard that can get off the ground explosively … Explosive leaper … Is lightening quick in the open floor … Active in all areas and can have an impact from anywhere on the court … Excels when going through the lane … Terrific at finishing at the rim … Will find creative ways to get contested shots to drop … Plays well above the rim … Improved his jump shot over his high school career … Can now effectively score the ball from many spots on the court … Has deep range … Has the traits to develop into a high-level defender … At his best and most comfortable on offense with the ball in his hand … Dribbles the ball like a point guard … Has the ball on a string at all times … Able to both start and finish any fast break … Uses his size to look over the defense and spot open players in traffic … Capable of getting into the lane whenever he wants too … Uses his length to wreak havoc in passing lanes … Athletic enough to stick with just about any player on the perimeter …

Weaknesses: Needs to develop a greater understanding of the game … Can score at will, but seems to be naive to some of the subtle nuances of basketball … Has to become better at playing off the ball … Also will need to develop a midrange game as he continues to move up in levels of play … Capable of making deep threes, yet isn’t as consistent of a shooter as one would expect … Has a tendency to let his demeanor and attitude change depending on whether he is having a good game or not … Often interacts too much with referees and opposing players … Teeters the line between cocky and confident … Needs to show front offices that he has the desire and love of the game to put in the necessary work to become a great player …

Notes: Selected to 2015 McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic games … Measured in at 6’5" 202 lbs with a 6’8" wingspan at 2013 Nike Elite 100 camp … Looked to have noticeably filled out his frame during the 2015 high school all-star events …

Overall: Bacon has the skill and size to make an immediate impact next year at Florida State. His main areas of development will come in terms of personality. He could probably suit up in a NBA game now and score, but needs to continue to sharpen his all around game. It will be interesting to see how he meshes with Xavier Rathan-Mayes at FSU next year, was always the alpha dog (even at Oak Hill Academy). If he is capable of putting everything together could become one of the best prospects in the entire 2016 class.

Brandon Jefferson 7/9/15

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