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    Brackins to the NBA?

    Yes, I know it's been hashed and rehashed ad nauseum. And yes, I know that Troy Davis, Marcus Fizer, Will Blalock and Curtis Stinson all made huge mistakes in going pro early--Fizer because he was a 'tweener, and Davis because he really wasn't fast enough for his size. But that doesn't mean that the 6'10" Brackins doesn't have good enough height for any position in the NBA.

    And yes, there's an argument for "he's not ready". Any further time in college is an investment for the future. He can get stronger, work on his skills--not to mention add valuable academic time. Sure, he can get more consistent.

    But after reading some of the responses to yesterday's game, when Brackins put up 42 points and 14 rebounds, was 3-5 from the 3pt line, 11-19 from the field, and hit 17-21 from the free throw stripe, against Kansas and Cole Aldritch--on national TV, do you really think that lessens his chance of going pro?

    I'm guessing he's dodging calls from agents about now.

    I'd really, really, really love for him to stay another year. But most importantly, I want him, like any other Cyclone, to be happy, and do what is best for him and his family.



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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    I don't think you can say Fizer made a huge mistake in leaving early.



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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    I think one more year for him to continue to get stronger and develop his game is likely. I really think his junior year will be > Fizer's junior year. I doubt we see him for year 4.



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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    I'm predicting a daily post on the latest Brackins rumor from now until the end of the season.


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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    I'd like him to stay, he'd be a really valuable asset to next year's team... but in the end, no one can stop him. If he feels like he's ready, and the pro scouts tell him his stock is extremely high, there'd be no better opportunity than to just go pro.


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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    Definitely are not enough threads on this yet.



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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    Just wait until people start sitting at their computers at midnight just to start the "Daily Brackins Thread" at 12:01. Then the subject will be as lame as the DC.



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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    I was only able to listen to the game on the radio, and I noticed that after the starting lineups were announced the radio announcers mentioned 2 or 3 times how fired up Brackins looked for the game. It sounded as though they were suprised, as he usually looks very calm before, during and after games. I hope he can bring this same intensity to every game. It is clear what he can do when he is focused, and while I don't expect 40+ a game I would love to see the games where he disappears disappear.



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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    I was only able to listen to the game on the radio, and I noticed that after the starting lineups were announced the radio announcers mentioned 2 or 3 times how fired up Brackins looked for the game. It sounded as though they were suprised, as he usually looks very calm before, during and after games. I hope he can bring this same intensity to every game. It is clear what he can do when he is focused, and while I don't expect 40+ a game I would love to see the games where he disappears disappear.
    When he chest-bumped Cy's head off, I knew he was pumped.



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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    Quote Originally Posted by tim_redd View Post
    I don't think you can say Fizer made a huge mistake in leaving early.
    Sure I can.

    "Fizer made a huge mistake in leaving early".

    See? Of course, saying it doesn't make me right.

    Had Marcus Fizer stayed around another year, instead of sharing the national spotlight with Kenyon Martin, he would have had it to himself. Fizer and Tinsley together as seniors likely would have been National Championship favorites. All of those would have driven up his marketing (product endorsement) value. He could have gone first overall, to a team that wasn't the stripped down Bulls. And being a 'tweener, Marcus would have been that much closer to his degree if he had, indeed, flamed out anyway.

    I know that Marcus loves Ames, I've seen him back in town often enough. And college was where his game fit best, where with a point guard to get him the ball, he had a chance to shine. Another year, and he could have milked that success for the rest of his life.

    And I don't just mean in Ames, either. Clark Kellogg certainly parlayed a starry college career/injury hampered NBA career into a lifelong career.



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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    My son had him for a coach at GMs basketball camp this summer. I complimented him on working with all the kids and he was on the court with them all the time not just hanging out on the sidelines. He even thanked me for sending my son to camp because he really likes working with kids and fundamental. I was really impressed by his whole outlook and attitude. I hope he stays for another year as he could add some more muscle.


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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    I was only able to listen to the game on the radio, and I noticed that after the starting lineups were announced the radio announcers mentioned 2 or 3 times how fired up Brackins looked for the game. It sounded as though they were suprised, as he usually looks very calm before, during and after games.
    I wonder if it had anything to do with the fact that a couple of kids from his home town were visiting as football recruits? I know he didn't go to (or at least, finish) high school there, but I'm guessing he gets plenty of notoriety, and between he and Hayworth Hicks, that's how we're getting a mini-pipeline to Palmdale.

    Thanks, Craig!



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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    Wow, what a turn around. 5 games ago, I would've never said he was ready for the NBA. Now he's playing with intensity, putting up ungodly numbers and even his Fohawk is starting to look good. I think he has shown his potential for NBA stardom yesterday, but wouldn't say that all the scouts are zeroed in on him and he's a lock for a high pick in the NBA yet. Before we all jump off the cliff lets wait and see how he does the rest of the Big 12 season and enjoy every minute of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    Consistency is his problem right now plus he still has yet to be that big banger down low that you can throw it into and never have a doubt he's going to get a basket out of it like Fizer was his last season. He has the potential to do that but his love for the outside shot hinders that sometimes. 10 of our 19 games he hasn't even shot 50% from the field and that includes some real bad nights like:

    4 for 12 against Hawaii
    5 for 12 against Oregon State
    4 for 9 against Drake
    2 for 12 against Iowa
    5 for 12 against South Dakota State
    2 for 6 against Southern Illinois Edwardsville
    8 for 22 against Texas
    4 for 11 against Mizzou

    His rebounding has become a lot better, he still has some work to do on defense but I think if he stays at least 1 more season he could work his way into the lottery. Still a lot of games left but I see him a borderline 1st rounder at best right now unless he just completely tears it up from here on out.


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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    The one thing I like about Craig is how much his rebounding has improved over last year. Averaged 5.0 last year and 9.1 this year.



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    Re: Brackins to the NBA?

    Quote Originally Posted by tim_redd View Post
    The one thing I like about Craig is how much his rebounding has improved over last year. Averaged 5.0 last year and 9.1 this year.
    I think we just answered that "Who's better as a soph, Marcus or Craig?" question.



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