This past week Trinity Episcopal sophomore Armando Bacot received five offers in a span of 24 hours.
This week, and keep in mind its only Monday, the 6-9 forward has picked up a pair of offers from Texas A&M and N.C. State.
This coming on the heels of the recent Fab Five – Harvard, LSU, St. Louis, VCU and Villanova.
Texas A&M, located in College Station, Texas and coached by Billy Kennedy, plays in the Southeastern Conference. The Aggies, who play at Reed Arena, were 16-15 overall this past season and 8-10 in the SEC. They have no players on the current roster from the state of Virginia.
On the other hand, N.C. State is fresh off of hiring a new coach in Kevin Keatts. The Wolfpack, who play in the Atlantic Coast Conference, were 15-17 overall this past year and 4-14 in the ACC. They too, have no players on their current roster from the state of Virginia. The last Virginia native to suit up for N.C. State was Anthony “Cat” Barber. The former Hampton standout now plays in the NBA Developmental League for the Greensboro Swarm.
Bacot, who started his freshman season as a role player, has developed into one of the nation’s top big-man recruits in the Class of 2019.
The 6-9 forward averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds and led the Titans to the VISAA Division I state title. It was the Titans’ first state championship in more than 20 years and the team finished with a remarkable 35-1 record.
Bacot, with his 7-2 wingspan, already had impressed with five offers from teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference including Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
With each offer, the sophomore at Trinity Episcopal is starting to carve out his own piece of history at the school.
Bacot is the No. 1 prospect for the Class of 2019 for Vantage Hoops and the No. 2 prospect on Matthew Hatfield’s VirginiaPreps.com Basketball Prospect Rankings – Class of 2019.
Bacot received his first offer on Feb. 26, 2016 from Central Florida but the month of June was exceptional for the youngster, after a terrific AAU season, as he received four straight offers from James Madison, VCU (under Wade), Georgia Tech and Richmond. The Dukes came calling on June 8, and the Yellow Jackets made their pitch on June 9. He picked up the Spiders offer on June 18.
And it hasn’t let up since.
“I think that they see Armando is working so hard, he’s improved every aspect of his game, and he keeps growing,” Trinity coach Rick Hamlin explained. “He’s also trimmed down and become more athletic. He’s worked on his defense. I think the biggest thing is his skill set of offensive moves and ability to pass the ball. It’s rare to see a kid that young and that size with his skills.”
This past season Trinity lost only one game, to eventual 5A champion L.C. Bird, mainly due to senior play of Zach Jacobs, Aaron Duhart, the addition Jason Wade to the team, a deep bench but most importantly Bacot, who came of age in his second season.