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Jaylen Brown, Malik Newman among five finalists named for Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year

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Five finalists for the Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year was announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Tuesday. The list includes three committed players and all five are 2015 McDonald’s All-Americans.

Dwayne Bacon, 6-foot-6, Oak Hill Academy (Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, VA) — committed to Florida State
Jaylen Brown, 6-foot-7, Wheeler High School (Wheeler High School, Marietta, GA) — undecided
Malik Newman, 6-foot-3, Callaway High School (Callaway High School, Jackson, MS) — undecided
Ben Simmons, 6-foot-9, Montverde Academy (Montverde Academy, Montverde, FL) — committed to LSU
Allonzo Trier, 6-foot-4, Findlay Prep (Findlay Prep, Henderson, NV) — committed to Arizona

Overall a strong group for this award, especially since all of these players have achieved personal and team success this season.

The winner of the award will be announced on March 12.

College Basketball Talk’s Recruiting Roundup

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Each Monday and Friday, College Basketball Talk’s Scott Phillips goes over some important news and notes in the world of college basketball recruiting. This week, Florida State’s big weekend, Texas A&M continues momentum and can Tom Crean and Indiana pull together a solid recruiting class?

Florida State basketball puts together a huge weekend

Florida State is fresh off of a national championship on the football field and many fans of college athletics wouldn’t associate the school with having a strong basketball program.

But Leonard Hamilton made major waves in the college basketball world over the weekend by landing two high-level wings in Georgia native Malik Beasley and in-state five-star wing Dwayne Bacon. When you couple those two with previous Florida State 2015 wing commit Terance Mann, the Seminoles have the makings of a class that competes with ACC juggernauts like Duke, North Carolina and Louisville.

Bacon, Beasley and Mann all do different things well and when you add a shooter like Xavier Rathan-Mayes to the equation, then the Seminoles have the makings of a fantastic dearth of wing talent for years to come.

Now, can the Seminoles keep the recruiting momentum going by adding an elite point guard or big man with this group in the next year or two? That remains to be seen, but recruits absolutely notice Florida State’s athletic department thriving and basketball should be a sport that is included in that equation.

But if Florida State wants to annually compete with the big boys of the ACC they’ll still need to add a high-level floor general to get those wings the ball and a post presence that can make Leonard Hamilton’s free-flowing offense tough to stop. The wings are a start, and give Florida State a lot of playmaking talent, but they need to keep going if they want to win championships on the hardwood.

Texas A&M continues to pull in talented players

Billy Kennedy and Texas A&M continued its Texas Titans-to-A&M pipeline over the weekend with the commitment of four-star small forward and perimeter shooting threat D.J. Hogg.

The addition of Hogg and Tyler Davis in the 2015 class goes along with Texas Titans guards Avery Johnson Jr. and Alex Robinson in the previous class. Simply put, this is one of the biggest grassroots-to-college pipelines we’ve seen in quite some time and other recruits are starting to notice the influx of talent as well.

Prized five-star guard Malik Newman — not a member of the Texas Titans, but from Mississippi — has scheduled his first official visit to Texas A&M, according to Courtney Cronin of the Clarion-Ledger, and the Aggies also remain in the mix for Titans wing and former Ohio State commit Mickey Mitchell.

Despite resurgent 2013-14 campaigns from in-state rivals Texas and SMU, the Aggies have built recruiting momentum in Texas, and elsewhere, using in-state connections and the hard work of assistant coaches Kyle Keller, Rick Stansbury and Amir Abdur-Rahim.

Texas A&M is already off to a great start in 2015 and more important commitments could be on the way.

Can Indiana put together a strong class?

Indiana and head coach Tom Crean aren’t in the mix with many elite five-star prospects in the 2015 class, but can the Hoosiers still piece together a good group?

That’s what Hoosier fans are hoping for and a big piece of that equation will come on Wednesday when four-star forward Juwan Morgan decides between Indiana and Vanderbilt.

Although Crean and his staff aren’t involved with many All-American candidates, in-part because Indiana’s high school prospects are a bit down in 2015, Crean has still done plenty of good things with under-the-radar prospects that he later develops.

During both his time at Marquette and Indiana, Crean has developed guys like Dwyane Wade and Victor Oladipo from under-recruited prospects into NBA lottery picks. That’s not to say Crean and Indiana will work that sort of magic with this 2015 class, but it goes to show that talent development is a big part of what Indiana can accomplish.

If Indiana ends up with Mokan teammates Morgan and Shake Milton, the Hoosiers are getting two players that helped lead that program to Peach Jam while each player had a strong spring and summer.

They might not be the All-Americans that Indiana fans are craving, but Crean has shown that he can still win a lot of games without those types of recruits.

Five-star small forward Dwayne Bacon commits to Florida State

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Dwayne Bacon, a five-star small forward committed to Florida State. This was first reported by Evan Daniels of Scout.com. The commitment marks a big day for Leonard Hamilton, who landed a commitment from four-star shooting guard Malik Beasley earlier on Friday night.

“I feel like it’s a great fit for me and I’ll make an impact right away,” Bacon told Scout.com. “Just coach [Hamilton] being straight forward with me.”

Bacon, who is at Oak Hill Academy (Virginia) this year picked Florida State over Auburn, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Oklahoma State, SMU, Tennessee, USC, USF and UNLV. The duo of Bacon and Beasley joins Terance Mann a four-star wing in the Seminoles’ Class of 2015. Mann committed to FSU back on Aug. 20.

The trio will provide the Seminoles with plenty of perimeter players who can attack the basket. Bacon was one of the top scorers this summer earning Player of the Week honors in CBT‘s July live period Week 1 superlatives. Rob Dauster was there at the Reebok Breakout Challenge in Philadelphia. He recapped Bacon’s performance:

There aren’t many players in the Class of 2015 that can get buckets the way that Dwayne Bacon can get buckets. The 6-foot-6, five-star wing capped off his week with a 43-point performance over a team that includes Arizona-commit Justin Simon.

The 6-foot-6 Bacon is listed as the No. 22 overall recruit by Rivals. Florida State has three top-100 recruits in the Class of 2015. Only two ACC programs have more top-100 recruits in 2015 — Louisville and Syracuse.