July 28, 2014

Dwayne Bacon to cut list soon, expects SMU to make cut

Five-star small forward Dwayne Bacon holds offers from all across the country, from Ohio State to Georgetown, from Baylor to USC.

SMU has also been working hard on Bacon and that work has caught the rising-senior's attention. Last week he described SMU as one of the schools recruiting him the hardest.

"They just been hitting me up a lot," Bacon told PonyPride. "I'm cutting my list at the end of July and most likely they'll make it because they hit me up a lot."

Bacon has no goal for when to make his final decision on a college.

Bacon's interest in the Mustangs has a lot to do with their Hall of Fame coach.

"It's a great interest. Coach Larry Brown is a great coach. I mean, who wouldn't want to play with him?" Bacon said. "He's a great mentor, a great leader. They could have an impact on my life."

Brown has developed a reputation for coaching the high school players he recruits. Bacon has been no exception to this.

"He's given me a lot of advice. Stay consistent with my shot, keep the arch, all types of things," Bacon said. "He's helped me along the way and it helps a lot."

Brown is not the only coach from SMU who has been contacting Bacon. SMU assistants Ulric Maligi and K.T. Turner have been actively recruiting Bacon.

Maligi and fellow SMU assistant Tim Jankovich were at the Las Vegas Fab 48 to watch Bacon and his AAU squad Showtime Ballers on Thursday, along with coaches from Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, Wichita State, UNLV, Auburn, Oklahoma State, USC and many others.

Bacon has highly complementary of the SMU assistants.

"Great relationship. They hit me up a lot and that's what you need when you want a kid to come to your school," Bacon said. "(We talk) about a lot of different things, how I could impact the team, how coach Larry Brown could help me, the type of connections they have, all sorts of things."

While news of Emmanuel Mudiay's de-commitment has caused concerns among fans about how it will affect SMU's chances with big-time recruits, Bacon did not see it that way.

"Not at all. It doesn't affect my interest. It's not like he de-committed and left, he just de-committed and went to something he could probably help his family with," Bacon said. "It does not affect my interest at all."

Bacon is familiar with another SMU commit, four-star point guard Sedrick Barefield, and feels their playing styles could blend together.

"Anything could happen (but) he's a good player, I'm a good player so that would be nice if we did link up together," Bacon said.



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