Already Representing the Clones
Craig Brackins can't help but hear
the talk around Cyclone country about him being a possible McDonald's
All-American. If he receives the honor, he'd be the second Cyclone in the
history of the school to participate in the prestigious game, the other being
Marcus Fizer. That's not bad company for the
"It's not what I'm striving for on the court. I don't think ‘well I have to score this' or anything like that. If it happens it will be a wonderful opportunity, that's crazy. But if it doesn't happen, I'm not worried about it," Brackins told CN on Monday night.
Though being chosen for the game
isn't his top priority, Brackins also admitted that he's thought about what it
would mean to represent
"I've thought about if I'm there
and they introduce me that they will say I'm signed with
Reuniting With Boozer
CN discovered that Brackins has a
"We were cool from then and I've
seen him around with him going to Stoneridge so we've known each other. With him
Brackins was shocked when he heard
about Boozer's commitment to
"It just came out of nowhere. The day he committed, that night, I talked to Coach Otzelberger and he told me. Then I called him [Boozer] and he told me that he had been talking to the coaches and that he felt comfortable. Two or three days later he committed," Brackins said.
Negedu is Interested
Brackins isn't the only Brewster
big man getting a solid amount of attention from the
"He's asked me questions about
Brackins also made it clear that Negedu's play on the court makes him worthy of the attention.
"As a player, Emanuel is a freak athlete. I've never seen somebody as athletic as him. The kid can jump like a pogo stick, it's ridiculous," Brackins said.
Chances are, Negedu's decision
will come down to
Brewster Sitting at 8-2
Brackins has been slowed down a
little bit lately due to tendonitis in one of his knees, but other than that his
season has been solid. His highlight was scoring 28 points in one half against
"Things are going well I think. I have on days and off days. Shots are on, shots are off. That happens all the time but I feel pretty good," Brackins said.
Brackins knows that defense will be the key for his team the rest of the season.
"I honestly think that we have a chance to go far. We have to keep up our defensive intensity like we've been doing," Brackins said. "When we come out and play defense, I don't think that anybody can hang with us."
Keeping Up With the Clones
Brackins is focusing on his
current season but he's also keeping an eye on
"I've been keeping up with their season, every game talking to Coach McDermott and everybody, even the players too. I know that they're young and they're getting a feel for the college atmosphere," Brackins said. "Next year they'll have a year experience and I'll come along. They'll give me advice and I think we'll be alright."