Craig Brackins' Stock Up

        Although some scouts are down on the former-Iowa State Cyclone forward because he struggled to match his breakout sophomore season in his junior campaign, others are high on him and looking to steal Brackins later in the 1st Round. The 6'10" versatile 4-man was seen as a potential lottery pick had he stayed in the 2009 Draft, but due to his drop in production this season, he is now a probable mid-20s selection. Brackins has always been seen as a good athlete, but his play in Las Vegas this week should have Brackins stock back on the upswing.

        He looked fluid running the floor, getting up and down on opposing big men with ease and when faced with smaller defenders, Brackins seems to have improved the efficiency and effectiveness of his post game. He knocked down his mid-range jump shot with great accuracy and even deep range, hitting NBA 3-pointers to stretch the defense. In the open court, Brackins' athletic ability was on display, showing good body control and excellent leaping abilities to finish alley-oops and even leading transition breaks down the floor.

        Working out with famed basketball trainer, Joe Abunassar, Brackins seems to be getting in even better shape and generating more explosiveness. Abunassar noted that Brackins vertical jumper measured in at 40+". What team wouldn't want a 6'10" 4-man who is superior to almost all NBA frontcourt players athletically, but can also score in the post and stretch defenses with his perimeter shooting?

By Corey Ruff  - President- 5-13-10