Brackman: "It's a Tough Decision"

It's a gut-wrenching decision for Andrew Brackman. Whether or not he plays college basketball will determine whether he comes to N.C. State.

It's a gut-wrenching decision for Andrew Brackman. Whether or not he plays college basketball will determine whether he comes to N.C. State.

If the 6-9, 200-pound forward/pitcher decides to go to Georgia Tech, he will not play basketball. If he comes to Raleigh, he will likely play both baseball and basketball.

Brackman will take a return trip, this time with his parents, to Tech this weekend and will then visit N.C. State on Nov. 1.

``Coach (Herb) Sendek has been the one that's been after me the hardest," Brackman said. "Both schools are in the ACC and wherever I go, I want to play at the highest level. I haven't really made up my mind yet what I'm going to do."

``Coach Sendek has told me I should play basketball because I don't know what's going to happen in the next few years," added Brackman. "He sees that I still have a ways to go and I could grow a couple more inches and have a future in basketball."

However, most believe that his 90-mile-per-hour fastball will give him a future in pro baseball.

``It's a tough decision," Brackman said of choosing whether to continue playing basketball in college. "I still get up at 6:45 every other morning to work out in basketball."

Brackman is looking forward to his visit to N.C. State, especially since he's never seen the campus. He doesn't think it'll take him long to make his decision once he returns home after the trip.

``It's going to be important to see the campus and get to know the players," he said. "But I want to get it done soon after getting back from that visit."

Brackman, who really didn't get a whole lot of big-time basketball interest until July when he played well at the Peach Jam, said that things have gotten much easier to deal with now that he's narrowed the playing field to just a pair.

``It was really wearing on me a month or so ago because I don't get bombarded with calls anymore," he said. "One would be basketball. One would be baseball. I really couldn't keep track of the names."

Now there's only a couple names to keep track of – and the Wolfpack are hoping their name is the last one standing.


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