Brackman Helps Pack Complete Class

Andrew Brackman wasn't ready to give up basketball. The multi-sport standout and No. 78 hoops prospect picked N.C. State on Sunday and in doing so helped the Pack complete a talented recruiting class that contains a trio of Top 100 prospects.

The North Carolina State Wolfpack put the finishing touches their outstanding recruiting class this weekend as the Pack locked down its third Top 100 commitment from the Class of 2004.

Andrew Brackman, a 6-10 power forward from Moeller in Cincinnati, committed to the Wolfpack Sunday evening.

"They had everything," Brackman of NC State. "I think I can come in and hopefully make an impact. I want to play my role as a freshman and later do my job."

Ranked No. 78 in America, Brackman is the classic late bloomer. When last saw him in July, he was pushing 6-8. When he walks onto campus next fall that the Pack will have a pair of 6-10 prospects in Brackman and Cedric Simmons (No.21).

The multi-sport athlete throws it 88-92 MPH from the mound and averaged 16 points and 6 rebounds a game for last year's state champion. He didn't participate in many AAU events last summer but when he did, his skill level was apparent. His soft touch from the outside will fit well with the Pack's style of play.

Though he'll play both basketball and baseball in Raleigh, per NCAA rules he'll sign a basketball scholarship in less than two weeks. During his official visit, the Pack hoops and baseball team both met with Brackman, according to his father, and that was a big part of the trip. "I'm sure that helped Andrew make his decision," Mark Brackman said. "They had everything laid and out mapped out."

"I just realized that I couldn't give up basketball. I put so much work into it that I couldn't give it up. NC State being a really big basketball school helped too."

Just a day after the Pack registered a big time football victory, the basketball team countered with a significant piece of news of its own. Brackman, Simmons and Gavin Grant are all Top 100 prospects. Plus, the fourth member of the Pack recruiting class can play too. Tony Bethel was a two-year starter for the Georgetown Hoyas and will be eligible next season.

Together, this unit will have a chance to impact the Wolfpack program during its first year.

Georgia Tech had offered Brackman a baseball scholarship and he visited the school last month. Arizona was the most recent school to offer Brackman and the Wildcats made a baseball and basketball offer last week.

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