Florida basketball prospect Dwayne Bacon was one of the most impressive recruits at the NBPA Top 100 Camp last week in Charlottesville, Va.
Scout.com ranks Bacon — a 6-foot-6 wing — as the No. 28 overall prospect in the class of 2015, which means he’s already attracted scholarship offers and heavy interest from many of the nation’s top programs.
Kentucky might be jumping into his recruitment soon.
Bacon told the Herald-Leader that he had been in contact with Orlando Antigua up until the former UK assistant took the top job at South Florida earlier this spring. He hasn’t personally heard from Kentucky since then, but his AAU coach was recently contacted by someone from UK’s coaching staff expressing interest in the recruitment.
Bacon was told that a UK coach is planning to watch him at the Reebok Breakout Challenge in Philadelphia in early July.
“If they started recruiting me, there would be a great interest,” he said. “I mean, who wouldn’t want to go to Kentucky?”
So far, Mississippi star Malik Newman is the only uncommitted guard from the class of 2015 with a scholarship offer from Kentucky.
Bacon mentioned several schools already involved in his recruitment, including UCLA, UNLV, Georgetown, Southern Cal, Southern Methodist and Florida State. He has had a scholarship offer from Louisville for more than a year, and the Cardinals remain in the mix.
He said Tennessee has come after him hard since the recent hire of Coach Donnie Tyndall, who Bacon said “recruits like no other.” He added that someone from the Volunteers’ staff contacts him every day.
“I love it,” he said. “It doesn’t get any better than that. … And it’s the SEC. Kentucky, Florida – I’d be playing some of the best.”
Bacon averaged 14.8 points per game at the Top 100 Camp, second only to camp MVP Ben Simmons. He was also among the top three-point shooters, making 44 percent of his attempts from long range.
He will play his senior season at Oak Hill Academy.