Brackins Headed Prep Route

Craig Brackins is a guy who didn't get a lot of publicity a year ago because he had to sit out his junior year. The 6-foot-9 senior will head east for his final year.

Craig Brackins realizes why some colleges have backed off.

The 6-foot-9, 215-pound senior big man from Lancaster High (Calif.) sat out last season due to academics, so he realizes that his grades may scare away potential suitors.

That's why Brackins is headed to prep school – most likely the new Boys to Men Math and Science Academy, which is headed by former Julian coach Loren Jackson.

``It was very hard to watch my team this past year," Brackins said. "They got outrebounded every game."

Brackins is a long, athletic shot-blocker who runs the floor well – but needs to develop a low-post game.

He averaged 12 points, eight boards and three blocks per game as a sophomore and began to make a name for himself locally before he was shelved with a broken wrist.

``Then everybody forgot about me," Brackins said.

Until this past summer.

Brackins, who turns 18 in October, got his first significant taste of AAU ball and got the attention of more than a few high-major coaches.

USC seemed to be on top of his list, but that's no longer the case. Now, Brackins says, it's Pittsburgh, Gonzaga, Washington, UNLV and Wyoming that comprise his top five.

``The grades scared some of them off," he said. "And I totally understand."

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