AMES, Iowa--Iowa State head men's basketball coach Greg McDermott announced today the signing of three players to national letters of intent for the 2007-08 basketball season. Craig Brackins (F, 6-10, 215, Fr., Lancaster, Calif.), one of the best power forwards in the nation, Diante Garrett (G, 6-4, 170, Fr., Milwaukee, Wis.), a versatile guard from Milwaukee, and Lucca Staiger (G, 6-5, 215, Fr., Baulstein, Germany), one of the best junior players in Germany, will enroll at ISU in the Fall of 2007.
"There were several things we had
to address, and we feel that we have accomplished many of those with these three
young men," McDermott said. "First and foremost, we recruited three young men
that are very excited to be a part of the Cyclone family. They chose
Brackins is one of the
highest-rated players to ever sign with the Cyclones. The power forward is
ranked as the 17th-best player and the fourth-best power forward in the nation
according to Rivals.com. Brackins, who is in his first season at
"The thing that excites me the most about Craig is his versatility," McDermott said. "He is a complete offensive player. He is equally effective on the block and facing the basket, with range that includes the 3-point shot. Craig has tremendous upside and his best basketball is in front of him. He is a very hard worker with an unbelievable attitude and he has a strong desire to get better. It will be exciting for Cyclone fans to watch him progress during his career."
Garrett is one of the best players in
"Diante has a great feel for the game, is creative off the dribble and has a lot of different ways he can get into the paint and create opportunities for his teammates," McDermott said. "His size and length will give opponents problems on the defensive end and his outstanding work ethic will bring a lot to our program. He is outstanding in transition and can really score going to the basket. His total game will add a lot to our team."
Staiger will play high school
basketball at Decatur [
Iowa State Men's Basketball 2007 Recruits
Craig Brackins, F, 6-10, 215,
Diante Garrett, G, 6-4, 170,
F, 6-10, 215, Senior
High School: A bruising power forward who is an excellent shot blocker and good low post scorer...rated as the 17th-best player in the nation according to rivals.com...ranked as the fourth-best power forward in the Class of 2007...voted as one of the top-10 performers at the 2007 Cactus Classic, averaging 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks...played for Boys To Men Academy (Chicago) as a junior where he was considered one of the top prep school prospects in Illinois...averaged 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds for Boys To Men in 2006...is playing for Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. in his senior season, the same prep school as current Cyclone Dodie Dunson...chose Iowa State over Indiana, Pittsburgh, Illinois and Clemson.
G, 6-4, 170, Senior
High School: A tall and athletic point guard with tremendous potential...plays for one of the top programs in Wisconsin, Vincent High School in Milwaukee...was named first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state last year for a team that was ranked as high as No. 2 in the state...missed four weeks of his junior season after being involved in a car crash...averaged 9.1 ppg in 22 games...father, Dick Garrett, played five seasons in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers, Buffalo Braves, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 10.3 ppg...chose Iowa State over Clemson, UNLV and Wisconsin-Green Bay.
G, 6-5, 215, Senior
High School: A strong guard who is considered one of the best junior players in Germany...a skilled, versatile guard who is an outstanding shooter and passer...will play his senior season in high school at Decatur Christian in Illinois...at the age of 15, was named MVP of the Dirk Nowitzki All-Star camp...his high school team won the 2005 German High School Championship...averaged 24.2 ppg, 5.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists last season for Urspring...a member of the German Junior National Team the last four seasons...competed for the German Junior National Team at the 2005 FIBA U18 European Championship...was a member of the German National Team that competed in the 2006 FIBA U20 European Championship this past summer...was one of 49 participants selected by the NBA and FIBA for the 2005 Basketball Without Borders Europe Camp...selected to play in the 2006 Adidas Superstar Camp All-Star game.