Class of 2019 big man Armando Bacot has had an eventful couple of months since the AAU season has started. Bacot joined Team Takeover in session two of the EYBL and helped lead the team to a 16-0 regular season, won gold for Team USA at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and just announced that he will be transferring to IMG Academy (F.L.) next fall. Winning a gold medal for his country was an experience like no other for Bacot.
“It was a great experience with me being able to play for Team USA and representing my country,” said Bacot. “It was also good winning gold and contributing to the team too.”
Playing under Kansas head coach Bill Self helped him understand what college basketball is going to be like.
“I would say that I learned a lot from him and I understood how the college game is,” Bacot said. “We treated it like a college environment with their being walk through practices and more. I got an early look at what college is like.”
Bacot has cut his list down to ten schools in Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, UCLA, VCU, Villanova, Virginia and Virginia Tech, but mentioned he is still open to others. One of the schools that he has allowed into his recruitment is Tom Crean and the Georgia Bulldogs.
“Coach Crean wants me to play all over the floor and be able to showcase my full game,” he said. “When he wasn’t a coach he stayed in touch with me as well.”
Five schools including Georgia have made Bacot a priority thus far.
“I would probably say UNC, Duke, Georgia, VCU and Oklahoma State,” Bacot said.
There’s no secret that Bacot is one of North Carolina’s top class of 2019 targets. Roy Williams and his staff have done a good job of showing him love.
“The style of play, but also how invested they are in me as a player and are making me a priority,” he said.
North Carolina’s biggest rival in Duke is looking to land Bacot as well. He is complementary of how the Blue Devils have recruited him thus far.
“I like how they have been recruiting me too,” said Bacot. “I was the first big they offered and they have always stayed in touch and told me how much they want me.”
VCU is looking to keep Bacot home. Even though they aren’t as big as the other programs recruiting him, the Rams have a serious chance at landing him.
“It’s a hometown school because I live five minutes from VCU,” Bacot said. “The fans love me down in Richmond and the coaches have been consistently recruiting me hard. They are making me a priority.”
Bacot mentioned that he is looking to cut his list down further in August and either make his college decision in the fall or the winter. As he gets closer to his decision, Bacot has identified the factors that will make up his decision.
“How well I fit into the school, if I will be able to come in and play early and if I like the school off the court as well will all help make up my decision,” said Bacot.
Alexis Reyes, a class of 2021 guard playing for Expressions Elite (MA), just picked up an offer from St. John's.