Florida State freshman Dwayne Bacon intends to test the waters and enter the 2016 NBA Draft, reports Jon Rothstein of CBSSports (Twitter link). He won’t hire an agent right away, Rothstein notes, so he’ll retain his college eligibility if he pulls out in advance of the May 25th withdrawal deadline.
Bacon isn’t guaranteed to be drafted this June, which makes his decision to hold off on hiring an agent a wise move. The 20-year-old is currently ranked as the 74th overall prospect according to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress, coming in at No. 19 among freshmen, according to the scribe. ESPN’s Chad Ford pegs Bacon as a late second-rounder at best, so his predraft workouts will be vital if he hopes to make the leap to the NBA for next season.
The small forward appeared in 34 games for the Seminoles and averaged 15.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 28.8 minutes per contest. His slash line on the campaign was .447/.281/.714.