Braswell, Creek Set To Visit This Weekend

Bloomington – Indiana welcomed one of the two most likely players to round out its 2009 recruiting class last weekend, and now it will host the other. Chris Braswell will be making his IU official this weekend, and he'll be joined by his prep school teammate, Maurice Creek...

Bloomington – Indiana welcomed one of the two most likely players to round out its 2009 recruiting class last weekend, and now it will host the other.

Chris Braswell, the 6-8, 225-pounder from Hargrave Military Academy, will be in Bloomington this weekend for his official visit. Hargrave Military Academy Coach Kevin Keatts confirmed Thursday that Braswell will be joined by his prep school teammate Maurice Creek on the visit as well.

Braswell's trip comes on the heels of Bawa Muniru's official last weekend, and these two big men appear to have separated themselves as the two most likely final pieces to IU's '09 class.

The two other players who had been oft-talked about – Dominic Cheek and Angus Brandt – appear to be long shots at this point. Cheek has finalized four of his five official visits, and has IU among a group of five schools still vying for his fifth visit. The fact Cheek didn't commit to visiting Indiana despite the fact that Tom Crean and his staff made an in-home visit earlier this month suggests the Hoosiers are all but out of the running for Cheek.

With Brandt, most believe he'll wait until the spring to sign with a program. He's yet to take any official visits and as of last week was still waiting to get some of his paperwork from Australia so that he could begin to start thinking about the visit process. Arizona, Michigan and New Mexico are among the schools that are in the running with Brandt, and Indiana could always re-surface in the spring if there are unforeseen shake-ups with the roster after the 2008-09 campaign.

There are a few other names that have been tossed around as well, but it's now clear that Muniru and Braswell are the two most likely players to wind up in an IU uniform.

While the 6'11", 250-pound Muniru is clearly a center, Braswell is more of a power forward according to Hargrave Military Academy Coach Kevin Keatts.

"In a pinch he could play some ‘5' for you because he has legitimate size," Keatts said. "But I think he's a ‘4'. Chris is what I'd consider a skilled power forward.He can score from the inside, but he has the ability to face you up and score from the outside. He's a very good passer for his size, he had a great basketball IQ, and he rebounds well for his position."

Braswell averaged 18 points and 11.5 rebounds a year ago at Hargrave Military Academy, helping lead Keatts' team to a 29-0 record and the national prep school championship. He's returning to Hargrave for a second season and will be counted on for another big season on a team that also features IU-bound wing Maurice Creek.

"Having him back has been great for us, because we don't traditionally have guys back for a second season," Keatts said. "But he's taking on a different role as a leader. This summer has helped him, and being here last year and having the chance to go undefeated helped him mature and be a leader."

Braswell has already visited Xavier and Maryland, and also has visits scheduled to Virginia Tech and Charlotte for the first two weeks of October.


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