October 19, 2016 - by
Bacon Named To Julius Erving Award Watch List

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State sophomore Dwayne Bacon has been named to the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year watch list by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.  He is one of 20 players nationally and five players from the Atlantic Coast Conference named to the list with the winner being named at the ESPN College Basketball Awards show in Los Angeles on April 7, 2017.

Bacon, who averaged a team-leading 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 2015-16, became the first freshman in school history to lead the Seminoles in both scoring and rebounding.  He earned Freshman All-American and All-ACC Freshman Team honors, was named to the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year and Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award Watch lists and earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors a Florida State record five times as he enjoyed the best freshman season in school history in 2016.

Bacon was named the National Freshman of the Week by The United States Basketball Writers Association on Dec. 21, 2016, was named to the Paradise Jam All Tournament team as he averaged 17.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in three games and was named the MVP of Florida State’s victory over FAU in the Orange Bowl Classic with 23 points and four steals during his first season as a Seminole.  He quickly wrote his name in the bright lights of the Florida State vs. Florida rivalry in his first career game against the Gators as he scored the game-winning basket for the Seminoles in their 73-71 win at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville with 4.8 seconds remaining in the win (Dec. 29, 2015).  Said renowned ACC analyst Dick Vitale when Bacon made the game-winning shot to beat the Gators on their home court: “A star has been born tonight.  A star. Remember the name.  Dwayne Bacon.  He is a solid gold diaper dandy and a flat out PTP’er.”

“For me, being named to a watch list for a national award says a lot about our team,” said Bacon.  “It says that people believe that we have the chance to be a good team this season.  My teammates and I have to do everything we can for our team to have a successful season.  For me, being a good teammate and a leader will lead to great results for our team and that’s how I am approaching this season.”

Bacon Named To Julius Erving Award Watch List

Erving attended the University of Massachusetts and averaged 26.3 points and 20.2 rebounds per game, making him one of only six NCAA men’s basketball players to average more than 20 points and 20 rebounds per game. After two seasons, Erving made the jump the American Basketball Association and was the league’s most recognizable player when it merged with the National Basketball Association in 1976. During his professional career, Erving won three championships, four most valuable player awards and three scoring titles. In 1996, he was named a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

“Julius Erving is unquestionably one of the most respected and gifted athletes to ever play the game of basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Before he was the professional super star known as Dr. J, he was an outstanding small forward at UMass. The young men on this watch list have shown glimpses of Mr. Erving’s skillset and we look forward to watching them develop this season.”

2017 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Candidates
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
Evan Bradds, Belmont
Kelan Martin, Butler
Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
Terry Larrier, Connecticut
Jayson Tatum, Duke
OG Anunoby, Indiana
Deng Adel, Louisville
Justin Jackson, North Carolina
VJ Beachem, Notre Dame
Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State
Tres Tinkle, Oregon State
Vince Edwards, Purdue
Dikembe Dixson, University of Illinois at Chicago
Kevin Hervey, UT Arlington
Jalen Moore, Utah State
Josh Hart, Villanova
Markis McDuffie, Wichita State
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier

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