Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Dwayne Bacon, Malik Beasley Both Commit to Florida State
Florida State scored a double commitment Friday night when they landed guards Malik Beasley and Dwayne Bacon on their visits.
“I am truly blessed to say that I have committed to Florida State University,” Beasley Tweeted.
The 6-4 Beasley had cut his list to eight schools: St. John’s, UConn, UCLA, Wake Forest, Florida State, Oregon, VCU and Georgia.
The 6-foot-6 Bacon had always been considered a Florida State lean, but had slated visits to Georgetown and Tennessee.
“I’ll fit in with them right away and Coach Ham [Leonard Hamilton] and his staff were up front right from the start,” Bacon told SNY.tv early Saturday.
Asked how good he and Beasley could be together, Bacon said, “We can be very good.”
Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said he believes Bacon is ranked too low by the recruiting services. Scout has him at No. 19, Rivals at No. 22 and ESPN at No. 40.
“I don’t know any guard [in the class] that I’ve seen that can score like he can,” Smith said. “His shot is better than everybody thinks from the perimeter. His 3 point-shot is improving. He can get to the rim.”
Bacon went for 30 points in the Big Strick Classic in New York last month, and that followed a 58-point outburst the day before in the scrimmage.
“I don’t see any two guards that are better than him, to be honest,” Smith said. “He’s gotta play every possession, but he has no limitations. He’s long, he will be a good defender in time.
“Offensively, he’s off the charts. He can score the ball in a variety of ways. His best offensive skill may be his ability to pass the ball. He will be our leading scorer but he could lead us in assists if he wants to. He’s more of a shooting guard, a two guard, but he can bring the ball up the court. He can play some point even though he’s 6-6.
“I don’t see any limitations for him. He’s as good as anybody I’ve had in a long time.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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