Brackins Off Board

Craig Brackins made the move from California to Chicago this past season for a year in the prep ranks at Boys to Men (Ill.). His prep address will be changing in the fall, but the 6-foot-9 rising senior big man will return to the midwest for college.

Craig Brackins has been all about making some decisions lately. First, he decided to leave Boys to Men and spend next season at Brewster Academy (N.H.).

Then, it was time to figure out where he wanted to go to college. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound California native wasted little time, committing to new Iowa State coach Greg McDermott on Wednesday.

``Things have been getting crazy lately, so I narrowed it down a couple days ago," Brackins said. "Then I thought about it and I've been feeling Iowa State more than the other schools, so I made the decision."

Brackins, who is traveling with the Las Vegas Prospects this summer, chose the Cyclones over Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma State and Pittsburgh.

``The staff is real nice and I just got a vibe from them," Brackins added. "Coach McDermott fit me perfectly. It just seemed like it fit like a glove."

Brackins is a big-time athlete who runs the court extremely well for a big man and is explosive. He'll still need to improve his post moves, but with a clear shortage of quality frontcourt players in the Class of 2007, Iowa State was ecstatic with the commitment from Brackins.

``They were fired up," Brackins said. "I got a good reception from them."

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