All the Buzz on Andrew Brackman

Coach Herb Sendek received a verbal commitment from Cincinnati's Andrew Brackman (6'9" PF) on Sunday afternoon. StateFans did a quick search to see what "All the Buzz" is on the Moeller High School Senior.

Andrew Brackman is the third commitment for NC State from the class of 2004 and the fourth recruit overall. Brackman joins a recruiting class that includes 6-7 Small Forward Gavin Grant, a member of the All-Bronx team and a Insiders top 100 prospect, 6-9 Power Forward/Center Cedric Simmons, a McDonald's All-America candidate from Shallotte (NC), and 6-2 transfer Tony Bethel, a two-year starter at Georgetown University.

StateFans did a quick search to see what the buzz is on Brackman. We thought we would share what we found:

The Insiders has Brackman listed as the nation's 78th best player and is unranked among the power forwards from the class of 2004, yet he's considered a four-star prospect.

Dave Telep *
Good looking player. Plays on a strong team in the best league in Ohio the GCL. Has great support on team so he sometimes gets over looked. Has long arms and needs to add strength and bulk to frame. Works hard on defense and able to play against both taller or shorter players. Can play inside or outside with a good shot. Seems to be hitting a growth spurt and was measured at 6-9 (no shoes prior to his senior year). MLB prospect who throws it between 88-92 MPH.
Profile: Moeller's Andrew Brackman entered this summer as a promising recruit for a host of mid-major schools, but he has emerged as more. He grew two inches - to 6 feet 9 - and after an outstanding performance last month at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., where he averaged 15.6 points a game, has become one of the summer's most hyped recruits.

Andrew Brackman Baseball Profile
Moeller High School Baseball profile for Andrew Brackman... Nickname: Stinky, Bird-man, Gumby

Tim Stevens * News & Observer
10/12/03-"If Brackman decides to play college baseball and basketball, he probably will choose State. If he chooses college baseball, Georgia Tech probably will sign him. If he wants lots of money soon, he will enter the professional baseball draft in the spring as a pitcher."

StateFans interview
9/18/03- "Coach Sendek and the baseball coach were helpful in that they went over ways that I can pull off playing both sports."

Dave Telep * TheInsidersHoops.Com
9/11/03- "A brief outing with the All-Ohio Red team in July, Brackman heated up as a basketball prospect. He's 6-8, athletic and plays hard; all the ingredients you need for a Division I high-major hoops scholarship but that's not the end of the story."

"Brackman, when he's on the mound, cranks it up to 91 MPH. He throws four pitches and apparently throws them well because Arizona, Georgia Tech and South Carolina are in the mix for him on the diamond."

Moeller Crusaders Fan * JJHuddle
9/10/03-"Andrew Brackman running the SG spot, he may be tall, but has shown the abililty to cover the quicker, smaller guards."

Mark Brackman, Andrew's father
8/31/03-"What makes him so attractive is that he can face the basket at that size and shoot it. He's a perimeter player and an inside person. He gives people matchup problems."
8/5/03-"Moeller High School head coach Mike Cameron has coached his share of big leaguers including (Ken Griffey Jr, Buddy Bell, and Barry Larkin) and he may just have another 1st round type on his hands. Brackman threw two innings on the last day of the event and during which the extremely projectable RHP showed a smooth arm action which produced 89-91 velo along with variable breaking pitches (slider 77-78, traditional curveball 74-75) and a fourth pitch change at 79-80. As might be expected, the lanky Brackman is a big time D1 hoops recruit with two-sport potential. As he adds weight and gathers in his long limbs (on the delivery), Brackman could easily be a mid-90s guy before long."

Dave Telep *
7/28/03-"The Peach Jam was the launching pad for a handful of prospects. Andrew Brackman, an unheralded power forward with the All-Ohio team, had an impressive following by the end of the week. The athletic and efficient Brackman may prove difficult to recruit because the word on the streets is that he's a big time pro prospect on the mound."

Dustin Dow * The Cincinnati Enquirer
7/27/03-"Brackman was not listed as a top recruit this past season, but he has used the recruiting period to shoot to the top of schools' recruiting charts."

"Brackman, a pitching prospect as well, turned in one of the best performances at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., which could expand his collegiate options beyond the region."

7/17/03-Brackman among top 20 at Peach Jam in scoring. "Andrew Brackman (All Ohio Red) 15.6"

Dave Berk * Ohio Prep Scene
7/16/2003-"During this past basketball season we told you about a young man who helped Cincinnati Moeller to the state championship. With this said we praised his play and told any who would listen he was a major player. Now at the Peach Jam, our words are coming true and TheInsiders national basketball expert is telling you the same."

Dave Telep *
7/16/03-"Never heard of him? No clue who he is? Don't be ashamed, he's just bursting onto the scene. This forward from Cincinnati Moeller has transformed his recruiting from a solid mid-major battle to what could wind up being a high-major war. But wait, not only is his stock going through the roof, he's a big time pitching prospect and a guy who'll be a major league draftee. Brackman entered The Peach with a few mids chasing him but after showing grit inside and a jumper as well, he's the talk of the event amongst coaches."

The Cincinnati Post
3/23/03-D-I state title: Moeller 73, Brookhaven 65

"Moeller all-state forward Josh Duncan, cleared to play after suffering a head injury Friday night, led the Crusaders with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Two other juniors, guard Bubba Walther (19 points) and forward Andrew Brackman (18), followed Duncan in the scoring column."

The Cincinnati Post
2/8/03-"Moeller, led by junior forward Andrew Brackman's 34 points, clinched the GCL South title with its eighth straight victory."

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