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McDermott: Brackins’ draft stock still high

February 22, 2010

AMES — Don’t get too excited thinking a down year by Craig Brackins is going to kill his draft prospects and keep him at Iowa State for another year.

Coach Greg McDermott still thinks the 6-10 forward is NBA bound at season’s end.

“He hasn’t said that for sure, but that’s my feeling,” McDermott said Monday.

“There still aren’t many skilled 6-10 power forwards floating around that can do what he can do. You don’t see the kind of same type of defense in the NBA that you see in college basketball. When Criag hasn’t been double-teamed, he’s scored.”

Brackins is averaging 16.5 points and 8.4 rebounds a game — down from the 20.2 ppg and 9.5 rpg he put up last year as an all-Big 12 first-team player.

He’s been streaky this season and is in a major slump over the last four games, shooting 18 for 68 (26.5 percent) from the floor. 

“I probably shoot 200 to 300 shots a day. Maybe I’ll try 400 or 500,” Brackins said. “Maybe what I’m doing is not enough. I’ve worked twice as hard this year than last year and I’m still a little off.”

The web site www.draftexpress.com has Brackins as a high second-round pick. Another mock draft at www.nbadraft.net projects Brackins as going No. 21 overall.

New to the draft game this year is a May 8 deadline for early entries to pull their name out and still retain their eligibility. Prospects used to be able to go later into the process before having to do that.

April 25th is the deadline players have to declare for the draft.

Brackins — and 6-7 wing Marquis Gilstap, if he is granted a sixth year of eligibility — should have their plans figured out by then.

“They’ll make some decisions shortly after the season is over,” McDermott said. “I don’t think either one of them is in a situation where they are going to drag this out.”

Gilstrap, who is averaging 14.4 points and 9.3 rebounds, could be awarded another season if the NCAA rules in favor of ISU’s appeal. He could also decide to turn pro.

Gilstrap and his girlfriend have a young child together and are expecting another in June.

“His priority is feeding his family and he’s going to make a decision that’s in the best interests of his family,” McDermott said. “Nobody can question him on that.”

Either way, the Cyclones are moving forward as if they won’t have either Gilstrap or Brackins back next season. The late signing period opens in mid-April.

Cyclone Fanatic.com reported Monday that ISU has offered Marshallltown Community College wing Will Clyburn.

“You recruit with the assumption they’re not coming back and if they do, you still have time,” McDermott said. “It’s not like we’ve got anybody committed there.”

Recruits hoping for big finish to Cyclones’ season

February 10, 2010

Two recruits already in the fold for Iowa State had front row seats at Hilton Coliseum last Saturday for the Cyclones’ 79-75 loss to No. 10-ranked Kansas State.

ISU’s disappointing season (13-10 overall, 2-6 Big 12) that started with NCAA Tournament dreams isn’t souring their feelings about coming to campus or the future health of the program.  Brewster (N.H.) Academy’s Melvin Ejim and Marshalltown Community College guard DeMarcus Phillips are hoping the current group can carry some positive momentum forward.

“Hopefully they start playing better and start getting some W’s,” Ejim said.

Phillips, who has been out of action since Jan. 1 because of a broken bone in his arm, has seen several games in person this season and keeps in contact with a lot of the players.

It’s not been an easy stretch for them. ISU plays Wednesday night at Missouri.

“They been struggling,” Phillips said. “They started off fast. The last few games have been rough. They’ll get it back together though.”

Both guards believe they have skills that can be of immediate help.

Phillips said he was leading the conference in scoring before having to have screws inserted below his right wrist. He’s hoping to return to the lineup very soon.

“I can be a big help at the 1 or 2 guard,” Phillips said. “I can help on defense. I can hit the jumper and make plays when they need it. I think I fit in pretty well with this Iowa State team…We’ll get back to the top of the Big 12 hopefully.”

The 6-6, 205-pound Ejim also has high hopes for himself.

“My jump shot is better and I’ve been working on my handle,” Ejim said. “I’m coming along as a player. Hopefully I come in and really play a lot and play well. I’m the type of player that with my intensity I can help bring up this team.”

Ejim signed his letter of intent back in November, but was finally taking his official visit.

It was the second time he’s been inside Hilton for a game.

“It doesn’t get any better,” Ejim said. “The amount of people that are here all the time and the support…it’s going to be a crazy place to play. I’m excited.”

Beaverton, Ore., center Jordan Railey will join ISU’s recruiting class in the spring. There could be more depending on Craig Brackins’ NBA decision and Marquis Gilstrap’s luck in asking the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility.

“There will be a whole lot of talent here,” Phillips said.

Has he tried to convince Brackins to stay for his senior season?

“When I asked him about it he just laughed it off,” Phillips said. “It’ll be exciting to see what he does. I hope he does (stay).”