BROOKLYN, N.Y. – (seminoles.com) – “With the 40Th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans select Dwayne Bacon from Florida State University,” said NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum from the Barclays Center. With his selection Isaac became the 12th Seminole selected in the NBA Draft who was recruited and coached by Florida State Head Coach Leonard Hamilton.
Soon after the selection, Bacon’s draft rights were traded to the Charlotte Hornets. Bacon’s draft rights were traded to the Hornets for the draft rights of Frank Jackson and cash considerations.
Bacon, the Seminoles’ leading scorer in both of his two seasons at Florida State, is the third NBA Draft pick in the last two seasons from Florida State. He joins former teammates Jonathan Isaac who was picked No. 6 overall by the Orlando Magic earlier in the 2017 NBA Draft and Malik Beasley who was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
“I am humbled and excited to have the opportunity to begin my professional basketball career in Charlotte,” said Bacon. “My journey has only begun; playing in the NBA is a goal I have worked towards my entire life. Now that the draft process is complete, I am looking forward to getting to Charlotte and working with my new teammates and learning from the coaching staff. It feels amazing to be in the NBA and to play for Michael Jordan — the greatest player of all time.”
Bacon’s selection marked the first time since 2010 that two Seminoles were picked in the same draft when Solomon Alabi (the 50th overall selection by the Dallas Mavericks) and Ryan Reid (the 57th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers) were picked to begin their professional careers.
Bacon finished his career ranked 32nd in school history with 1,139 career points. He ranks 17th in school history for career scoring average at 16.5 points per game and finished his two-year career tied for 25th in school history for 3-point field goals made with 89. Bacon became the second sophomore in school history and tied for the 14th fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. His 623 points as a sophomore in 2017 is the 11th highest single season total in school history.
As a sophomore in 2017, Bacon averaged 17.2 points (first on the team) and 4.2 rebounds (third) while leading the team field goals (221), 3-point field goals (57) and free throws made (104). He earned All-ACC Second-team honors, was named to the All-Tournament Team at the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament and was named the Orange Bowl Classic MVP against Manhattan as he led the team with 16 points and 4 rebounds.
“Dwayne’s best basketball is ahead of him,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “He is going to get the opportunity to show how good of a player he really is. He is I am sure he is going to be successful; I know that he is very excited about the opportunity to play in the NBA.”
Florida State assistant coach Charlton CY Young, who began recruiting Bacon when he was in the eighth grade, accompanied him to the draft.
“I really think this is a great situation for Dwayne to flourish,” said Young. “Dwayne Bacon has the talent to have a rookie season that will surprise people.”
Jay Bilas of ESPN spoke highly of Bacon during the nationally televised draft.
“Dwayne Bacon is a really good athlete,” said Bilas. “He’s got quite a bit of ability. He’s a good selection and I like him as a player. He’s very athletic and is a good finisher.
Seminoles In The NBA Draft Under Leonard Hamilton
2004: Tim Pickett – New Orleans Hornets; Round 2, Pick 44
2005: Von Wafer – Los Angeles Lakers; Round 2, Pick 39
2006: Alexander Johnson – Indiana Pacers; Round 2, Pick 45
2007: Al Thornton – Los Angeles Clippers; Round 1, Pick 14
2009: Toney Douglas – Los Angeles Lakers; Round 1, Pick 29
2010: Solomon Alabi – Dallas Mavericks; Round 2, Pick 50
2010: Ryan Reid – Indiana Pacers; Round 2, Pick 57
2011: Chris Singleton – Washington Wizards; Round 1, Pick 18
2012: Bernard James – Cleveland Cavaliers; Round 2, Pick 33
2016: Malik Beasley – Denver Nuggets; Round 1, Pick 19
2017: Jonathan Isaac – Orlando Magic; Round 1, Pick 6
2017: Dwayne Bacon, New Orleans Pelicans; Round 2, Pick 40