Brackins Staying At Iowa State

Citing that he has unfinished business and is intent on helping win basketball games for the Cyclones next season, Iowa State sophomore Craig Brackins announced Friday that he is returning to ISU for his junior season and will not enter his name into the 2009 NBA Draft.

"I had a lot of time to think about this and felt there was something empty inside. Something was missing," Brackins said. "I feel like I have not accomplished everything I wanted to achieve at Iowa State. It was a tough decision, but I am excited about returning and equally determined to make sure we are successful next season."

The return of Brackins will give the Cyclones instant credibility next year. The First-Team All-Big 12 pick and honorable mention All-America selection will be one of the top returning players in the nation. In his superb sophomore season, Brackins averaged 20.2 point and 9.5 rebounds. The Palmdale, Calif., native is the Big 12's No. 1 returning scorer and will likely be one of the top-five returning point producers nationally, depending on early NBA entries.

"We are thrilled that Craig has decided to return for his junior season," ISU head coach Greg McDermott said. "It's been obvious to me during the course of our discussions that he is committed to helping this program become competitive in the Big 12. Craig has an opportunity to both lead our team and improve and showcase his abilities in one of the nation's top leagues."

Brackins, who is one of four returning starters for the Cyclones in 2009-10, became just the third player in ISU history to record over 600 points (645) and 300 rebounds (303) in a season in 2008-09. He is also one of five players in school history to record over 1,000 points in their first two seasons as a Cyclone. Brackins ranks 26th all-time in ISU history with 1,011 career points.

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