November 11, 2016 - by

Bacon Named To Naismith Award Watch List

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — (seminoles.com) – Dwayne Bacon, who will lead the Florida State men’s basketball team into the 2016-17 season Saturday at home against Charleston Southern at 1:00 p.m., has been named one of 50 nominees for the 2017 Naismith Award presented by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.  It marks the first time in his career that he has been named to the Naismith Award Watch List and is his second major award nomination or the preseason after being named to the Julius Erving Award Watch List, awarded to the nation’s top small forward.

Bacon averaged 15.8 points (first on the team), 5.8 rebounds (first), 0.9 steals (second) and 1.5 assists (fourth) while shooting .447 from the field (sixth) and making 32 3-point shots (fourth) as a Seminole freshman in 2016.  He became the first freshman in school history to lead the Seminoles in both scoring and rebounding in the same season.  In leading the Seminoles in scoring and rebounding, he established Florida State freshmen records for total points scored (536), points scored per game (15.8), field goals made (197), field goals attempted (441) and free throws made (110).

Bacon earned Freshman All-American honors as he was named to the Kyle Macy Freshman All-American team by collegeinsiders.com and to the All-ACC Freshman Team by both the 15 ACC coaches and the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association in 2016.

Bacon Named To Naismith Award Watch List

“I am beyond blessed to be named to the Naismith Award Watch List,” said Bacon.  “Being named to Naismith List says a lot about the program that Coach (Leonard) Hamilton and his staff have established at Florida State and says even more about players on our team.  Our success will come as brothers and that’s the kind of success I am looking forward to this season.”

Bacon led the ACC and set the Florida State record as he earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors an incredible five times during his first season as a Seminole.  His five ACC Rookie of the Week selections was one more than Brandon Ingram of Duke in 2015-16 and two more than Seminole great Bob Sura during the 1991-92 season.  Ingram was the second overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.  Bacon’s five ACC Rookie of the Week citations were two more than teammate and fellow ACC All-Freshman Team selection Malik Beasley during the 2015-16 season as Bacon and Beasley combined for eight of the 17 Rookie of the Week selections during the season.  Beasley, too, was a first round selection in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets.

Bacon is one of 12 ACC players to be named to the prestigious list as a candidate for national player of the year honors.  He is one of only seven players in the nation who is a candidate for both the Naismith Award and the Julius Erving Award (Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson; Jayson Tatum, Duke; Justin Jackson, North Carolina, V.J. Beachem, Notre Dame, Josh Hart, Villanova and Trevon Bluiett, Xavier).

2016-17 Naismith Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year Watch List
Player, Class, Year, School
Dwayne Bacon, So., Florida State
Bam Adebayo, Fr., Kentucky
Grayson Allen, Jr., Duke
Jarrett Allen, Fr., Texas
Lonzo Ball, Fr., UCLA
V.J. Beachem, Sr., Notre Dame
Joell Berry II, Jr., North Carolina
James Blackmon, Jr., Indiana
Jaron Blossomgame, Sr., Clemson
Trevon Bluiett, Jr., Xavier
Chris Boucher, Sr., Oregon
Miles Bridges, Fr., Michigan State
Dillon Brooks, Jr., Oregon
Thomas Bryant, So., Indiana
Troy Caupain, Sr., Cincinnati
Tyler Davis, So., Texas A&M
Jawun Evans, So., Oklahoma State
De’Aaron Fox, Fr., Kentucky
Markelle Fultz, Fr., Washington
Jack Gibbs, Sr., Davidson
Harry Giles, Fr., Duke
Devonte’ Graham, Jr., Kansas
Ethan Happ, R-So., Wisconsin
Josh Hart, Sr., Villanova
Nigel Hayes, Sr., Wisconsin
Malcolm Hill, Sr., Illinois
Josh Jackson, Fr., Kansas
Justin Jackson, Jr., North Carolina
Kris Jenkins, Sr., Villanova
Peter Jok, Sr., Iowa
Moses Kinglsey, Sr., Arkansas
Bronson Koenig, Sr., Wisconsin
Dedric Lawson, So., Memphis
Tyler Lydon, So., Syracuse
Lauri Markkanen, Fr., Arizona
Frank Mason III, Sr., Kansas
E.C. Matthews, Jr., Rhode Island
Malik Monk, Fr., Kentucky
Monte Morris, Sr., Iowa State
Jonathan Motley, Jr., Baylor
Austin Nichols, Jr., Virginia
London Perrantes, Sr., Virginia
Alec Peters, Sr., Valparaiso
Ivan Rabb, So., California
Dennis Smith, Fr., NC State
Edmond Sumner, So., Xavier
Caleb Swanigan, So., Purdue
Jayson Tatum, Fr., Duke
Melo Trimble, Jr., Maryland
Nigel Williams-Goss, Jr., Gonzaga

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