Brackman: "I'm Looking Forward to This Trip"

It was a well-calculated plan for Herb Sendek and his staff to hold off Andrew Brackman's visit until this weekend. <P>

The 6-9, 200-pound Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) senior forward will get a chance to watch the Wolfpack's annual Red-White Game Saturday afternoon, check in on an N.C. State baseball practice and also take in this weekend's football game against Virginia.

Brackman will likely have a difficult decision to make upon his return to Cincinnati on Sunday night: Focus solely on baseball at Georgia Tech or play two sports at N.C. State.

However, despite the fact that Mark Brackman, Andrew's father, has said that the doors have closed on any other colleges getting into the picture, Arizona has become involved with Brackman after the basketball team offered a scholarship earlier this week.

``If I get back and don't feel right, I may open things back up," Brackman said. ``I told Arizona if I come back and I'm not satisfied, I'll call them Monday and set something up."

``I had a talk with the baseball coach at Arizona the day before they offered me a scholarship in basketball and I told him I wasn't interested," added Brackman. ``But that was because basketball didn't want it."

There is still a good chance that Brackman won't ever get to the point of visiting Arizona. It likely hinges on this weekend.

``I'm looking forward to this trip," he said. "I just want to get to know the place and meet some of the guys. I've never been down there before."

Brackman, whose ultimate goal is to be a major league pitcher, will make the trek with his parents. While the senior is unclear if he wants to play both baseball and basketball at the next level, his father, who played basketball at Cincinnati, doesn't feel that his son should close out his options on the hardwood just yet.

``I tell him who's to say that basketball's not out of the picture down the road," Mark Brackman said. "That's what I want him to do, but I'm not the one going to college. It's his decision. I think it's too early to have to make the decision to play one sport or the other and I think he's coming around to that."

While it appears as though Sendek & Co. have the elder Brackman in his corner, the true test will be convincing Andrew Brackman to test himself in both sports at the next level.

Notes: N.C. State-bound 6-9 senior forward Cedric Simmons will be taking his official visit to the campus this weekend as well.

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