Can you point to the part of our play that shows we could be there next year? Thanks in advance.
The other items listed are either just fluff or can be done in the NBA. Plenty of guys bulk up and round out their game at that level. Education? Meh...money > education.
If we showed some potential to do the things you listed (that I put in bold), I would feel very different about CB staying. But, since we repeatedly show we're nowhere close to competing for a conference title and won't even be in the NIT this year, I'm not seeing the hope for these things. We need to be in the NCAA tournament next year for the sake of the program and Greg's job - but need is not always followed up with reality. Especially when that need is so, so far away.
He better stay or I'll have to start watching NBA games and those aren't as good as college.
Bottom line is he's still got PLENTY of reason to stay in college. Dam right the things I've listed above are worth sticking around for. I never said we're close to competing for a conference title. But it's a goal Brackins should have. It's something he should be striving to accomplish while he's in college. No "fluff" about it, should be reality. You're not seeing hope? Fine, I couldn't care less. But I hope Craig's got hope. Hope that bigger things really are to come. I wonder how many "big laughs smilies" you would have put after the 98-99 season if someone mentioned an NCAA tourney run for the next year?
PS. :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh: ...man those things are stupid.
nbadraft.net had Brackins as the 30th pick to the lakers
Sometimes guys "come out of nowhere" at this and become high draft picks...sometimes guys with big reps come in and lose draft status.
Hopefully, McDermott will do what all quality coaches do with a kid of this caliber...encourage them to keep their options open (meaning do not sign with an agent and do attend the pre-draft events). Most coaches will seek out trusted opinions from experts they know to try and help the kid determine where he will be drafted. If it is in the lottery then it is likely a "no brainer" to go pro. If you are not in the lottery but in round 1...well, that is a tough one. If you are in round 2 then you should probably stay another year. Again, a quality coach will try to help a kid make a smart decision for him and his family.
If Brackins goes pro and is a lottery pick...you really cannot hold that against McDermott. Frankly, we should strive to have kids regularly selected that high from our program.
2. Mac is and has recommended exactly what you have stated.
3. For all those that say Greg has no eye for B12 talent, He could have very well recruited 3 NBA caliber players in his 3 years Michael Taylor, Wes Johnson, and Craig Brackins.........I'm just disappointed as I'm sure Mac is that these 3 have not equated into more wins for the program.
Before the debate continues, has anyone actually read the article? If so, does it say he is going to test the NBA waters or is he planning on staying?
If he says he is going to look at his options, then the debate can start.
A couple things to consider about the 09 draft: 1)its is extremely weak in big men 2) scouts have it ranked considerably lower than 07 & 08 3)late first rounders are guaranteed at least a million. #25 of the 08 draft is making 1 million this year and #30 is making 950,000 + it increases in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years. Brackins is a projected first rounder on Draftexpress (#20) and nbadraft.net (#30). If he continues his 20/10 average he likely given the lack of bigs in this draft and his considerable potential he goes anywhere from 15-22- that's around guaranteed 1.7 mil- 1.2 in first year salary which is a considerable amount of money. Now, I expect Brackins stock to raise- if he played for a bigger name school I think he would be a projected lotto pick by now. He can either chose the NBA and guaranteed money or school; its going to a tough choice for him.