Craig should have left after his sophomore season. Staying last season didn't really do him any good - neither would have staying for this year.
Craig's draft hype after his sophomore season was fueled mainly by a 42-point performance vs. Kansas.
A game Iowa State also managed to lose.
Of course his stock was going to drop if the follow-up season was no better for the entire team — unless his scoring average went up by 10 or so.
I'm not sure how many D-1 basketball players in the past 20 years have scored 40-plus points in a losing effort, unless an opposing player scored almost as much (or two players combined for 50-plus). That wasn't (entirely) Craig's fault — GM couldn't find a way to use a game like that to the team's advantage — and couldn't manage to take the pressure off during CB's junior season by incorporating some niche talent.
The record would be close to the same, if not worse. When did Craig Brackins ever take a team on his shoulders and take over a game? He had 42 vs. Kansas, but it was a convincing KU win. He and DG just put up numbers that don't equal wins. Brackins was always drastically overrated in my opinion. When I think of Brackins and Garrett, I don't think of anything except Greg McDermott and a whole bunch of conference losses.
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