Dwayne Bacon, one of the top high school basketball players in the nation, has been named to the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Team. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Head Coach Leonard Hamilton at Florida State beginning in the fall of 2015. Bacon will compete in the illustrious McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago on April 1, 2015.
The McDonald’s All-American Team is the best-known of the high-school basketball All-American teams. Having the designation of McDonald’s All-American instantly brands a player as one of the top high school players in the United States or Canada.
“It is a tremendous honor for Dwayne to be named to the McDonald’s All-American team,” said Hamilton. “We are elated for him as the honor of being named a McDonald’s All-American is a very prestigious one and defines how hard he has worked to become an outstanding player and an even better young man. The additions of Dwayne, Malik, Terance and Chris to the Seminole family raise the level of our program to the level that we have worked to get back to as a team of significance in the greatest basketball conference in the country and in all of college basketball.”
Bacon (Lakeland, Fla.) has led Oak Hill to a 32-0 record while averaging 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He scored 32 points and earned MVP honors against Cape Henry at the High School Winter Classic Basketball Challenge and totaled 33 points as he powered the Warriors past Villa Angela St. Joseph High School. Bacon has scored 30 or more points in three straight games, including 33 in the championship game at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament where he also earned MVP honors and scored 36 points in a win over Word of God. Oak Hill is the No. 2 ranked prep team in the nation.
Malik Beasley (Alpharetta, Ga.) has led St. Francis High School to an 18-3 record while averaging 22.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He totaled 24 points and eight rebounds against Pinecrest, scored 29 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists against Whitefield and totaled 17 points and seven rebounds in one half of play against Fellowship Christian School.
The selection of Bacon to the McDonald’s All-American team mark the fourth player selected to the team who have been recruited by Hamilton to play at Florida State. Hamilton also recruited Michael Snaer (2009), Chris Singleton (2008) and Von Wafer (2003) — three players who enjoyed stellar careers as Seminoles. Snaer played on three NCAA Tournament teams and was a starter on the Seminoles’ 2012 ACC Championship team while Singleton played on three NCAA Tournament teams during his career at Florida State.
Also joining the Seminoles’ top-five ranked recruiting class is center Jean Marc Christ Koumadje (7-4, 220) and versatile forward Terance Mann (6-5, 210) who are also enjoying stellar high school seasons.
Mann (Tilton, N.H.) has led Tilton to a 20-1 record while averaging 21 points and 9 rebounds a game. Mann scored his 1,000th career point for during Tilton’s recent trip to Manchester, England where he was named the MVP of the Haris Memorial Tournament. He recently totaled 13 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a 76-58 win over Marianapolis High School on January 24. He also totaled 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in a victory over the VS Masters School of Connecticut.
Mann was the Seminoles’ first signee of their 2015 recruiting class. He pledged his commitment to Hamilton and his staff prior to his official visit during the fall of 2014. Mann is incredibly smart both on and off of the court who’s very high basketball IQ and incredible versatility has allowed him to become very skilled at playing four positions on the court. His mother, Daynia La-Force, is the head women’s coach at the University of Rhode Island and he is the captain of the Tilton basketball team.
Koumadje (Chad, Nigeria), who will become the tallest player in school history when he enrolls for the fall 2015 semester, is a member of the nation’s No. 1 prep team at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla. The Eagles are 23-1. Koumadje is averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 blocked shots per game as a senior. Koumadje has developed his skills significantly since coming to the United States and has the potential to be a dominant rim protector and rebounder for Hamilton and the Seminoles. He is an athlete who runs the floor extremely well and is expected to develop into the next top center in the ACC.
McDonald’s All-American’s At Florida State
Dwayne Bacon 2015
Michael Snaer 2009
Chris Singleton 2008
Von Wafer 2003
Anthony Richardson 2001
Randell Jackson 1995
Lamarr Greer 1994
Corey Louis 1994
Douglas Edwards 1989
David White 1987
Irving Thomas 1985