I know all the Brackins talk is played out, but here's another article from only 2 hours ago...
A Cyclone Grows Into a Prospect - The Quad Blog - NYTimes.com
Seriously, I don't think he is ready. I can't believe no one has said it. He isn't NBA ready on offense. He will get half his shots put back in his face. Another year with McDermott would help him out a lot. Don't get me wrong, he is great. His shot where he turns to his right and barely jumps won't be effective in the NBA. He needs to stay, get bigger, and improve his moves to be a lottery pick. NBA doesn't develop players, college does that, if he stays he will be top 10 next year, 2nd round if he leaves now and maybe in the league for 3 years. Just my opinion, but I think he needs more time.
How did he do tonight anyways? I didn't watch the game, almost forgot we played tonight.
I stand by my previous comments that it's likely in his best interests to go and I think he will in fact leave.
If so, '09/'10 ISU MBB should be rather "fun".
He played well tonight...in fact...this season..:notworthy::notworthy:
U may be right in saying his best interest is to leave...but I am holding firm on my belief that if he stays...he is a LOCK in the lottery next year...catch 22....
take the money now, and very easily fade out...or stay another year and DOMINATE the BIGXII ...tough decision..:confused::confused:
Not to say CB would pan out like Fizer..but I c A LOT of the same similarities...
Imagine 1 more yr under Greg, and CB WILL be a beast!! Stronger, faster... Coach has a knack for bigmen and Craig would most certainly benefit from 1 more year under his tutelage :wink::wink: C Jiri....
You have watched his last game at ISU
Also, the NBA is almost a full contact sport these days. He's going to be pushed and shoved a lot more and with a lot less fouls called on him.
I could see if he wanted to leave early, but if he truly wants to make an impact at the NBA-level, he'll need to get a little stronger, condition more, work on his passing, work on his defense, and work on making better decisions when double teamed...
I always thought that testing the waters without an agent would give you somewhat of a false reading either way. Everyone else has someone out there pimping them 24/7, while you basically just have your name on the list. If we are to believe that agents actually do something for you, then you would think that factor alone would drop you a few places at least. Still, I suppose it doesn't hurt anything to go through the process and see what happens.
I think Craig is awesome, but I've never had the sense that he would go really high in the draft just yet. With Fizer and Tinsley, it was pretty apparent to me. I think he goes much higher after one more year. I cannot imagine him staying beyond that.
I honestly think Craig would benefit more by staying here a year. He's not a great ball handler so won't do much from the perimeter in the NBA and if you watch a lot of the games this year he got pushed out of the block rather easily so wouldn't be effective in the post either. Most the time he ends up getting his entry pass almost clear out at the 3 point line and then backs his way down or shoots a jumper. Guys are too strong and too athletic for him to do that in the NBA. I just don't think he has a true position in the NBA with his current skill set. Stay another year, gain more strength, and work on his jumper and ball handling and he will definitely be a lottery pick. I guess the good thing about if he comes out this year is that we will get to see him playing with or against the Iowa Energy a few years from now as the NBADL is where the NBA develops their players now and he needs some more development.
Craig's a great player and he's been a great ambassador for ISU. I am much appreciative for that however... I do not believe leaving is a "in his best interest" lock, as some of you claim. Yes, the money is there, and yes, he could suffer injury, but if you're a competitor you have to believe you will improve, and benefit from a further year of development, in a smaller pond (college basketball). As for injury, get insurance, protect yourself. If you get injured is probably as likely not career ending as career ending. Either way the insurance will be there.
The wild card is family, is there a pressing need? If there is no fan should accost him for trying to help. Right now, Craig leaving now seems like its edging down the path Stinson took a few years ago. But hey, I'm a fan (what do you expect). Craig you're one of my favorites, good luck in your decision making.