Greg McDermott Inks Three

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.

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 Iowa State for all of the right reasons and they can't wait to get on campus. We needed to add another guard who can handle the basketball, and we have done that with Diante. We needed to address some depth in terms of 3-point shooters. We have done that with Lucca. We needed some versatility on the front line, and Craig can give us that. Versatility is so critical in the game of basketball and I think all three have the ability to play multiple positions."


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 Brackins, who is in his first season at Brewster Academy [N.H.], is an extremely versatile post player who can score on the low block and from the outside.


"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 Wisconsin who can play both guard positions. He was first-team all-conference last season at Vincent High School, one of the best high school programs in Wisconsin. He is a tall and athletic guard who has the ability to run a team.


"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 [Ill.] Christian this season after starring in Germany the past three seasons. Staiger has been a member of the German junior national teams the past four seasons, playing for Germany's U20 FIBA European Tournament team in 2006. Staiger is an outstanding shooter and is considered the top junior player in Germany.


"Lucca is a great 3-point shooter and has excellent ballhandling and passing skills," McDermott said. "Lucca will add size to our backcourt that we need for our team to move forward. He makes his teammates better because he has such a wonderful feel for the game. I have been following his progress since he was 15, so I am excited to have him as a Cyclone and look forward to him wearing the Iowa State uniform."

Iowa State Men's Basketball 2007 Recruits


Craig Brackins, F, 6-10, 215, Freshman, Lancaster, Calif. (Brewster [N.H.] Academy)

Diante Garrett, G, 6-4, 170, Freshman, Milwaukee, Wis. (Vincent)

Lucca Staiger, G, 6-5, 215, Freshman, Baulstein, Germany (Urspring Academy/Decatur [Ill.] Christian)


Craig Brackins

F, 6-10, 215, Senior

Lancaster, Calif. (Boys To Men Academy/Brewster Academy)

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 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 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.


Diante Garrett

G, 6-4, 170, Senior

Milwaukee, Wis. (Vincent)

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.


Lucca Staiger

G, 6-5, 215, Senior

Baulstein, Germany (Urspring Academy/Decatur {Ill.} Christian)

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 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.


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