Get used to reading the name Craig Brackins. The 6-foot-9, 210-pound power forward from Boys to Men Academy in Chicago, Ill., had plenty of reasons to have his name in print after a nice showing at the NEAA NIT. The reclassified native of Lancaster, Calif., showed off why so many on the West Coast were excited about his long term potential.
Brackins, now in the class of 2007, was the most intriguing player at the NEAA NIT tournament. With his size, athleticism, ability to score with both hands in the post, the big fella had coaches looking at their roster sheets again and again.
"I'm not used to having someone like him next time on the court," Brackins said. "We can really help each other. He can go in and out or power it over people and even step out and shoot the three. I just go to work inside and run the floor."
And he does a mighty fine job at that. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about the long 6-foot-9 forward was his ability to score with both hands, particularly his left jump hook.
"I've been working on that a lot," Brackins said. "I couldn't do that last year and it killed me so I wanted to have that as a go to move this season."
Job well done.
Brackins said his school list is somewhat short but has it's fair share of heavy hitters on it. Pitt, UNLV, Washington and Washington State are on the early list and after his showing at the NEAA NIT and this weekend's event in Rhode Island, Brackins will certainly see his list double and triple. Illinois was in the house last Saturday to see Boys to Men in action.