Most people, including most McD haters will agree that Mac CAN coach posts. It's the guard play which has lacked the last few years.
Both Brackins and Gilstrap will be in Europe next year. They are both combo forwards and don't have a natural position in the NBA. They can hit an open shot, but both are streaky. They don't have a good handle and will struggle putting the ball on the floor facing the basket in the NBA. Neither one is a solid defensively against good players.
Brackins lacks the strength to establish himself in the post and to get tough rebounds, and is not much of an offensive rebounder. Brackins is not overly athletic, and not physical/strong enough to offset this.
Gilstrap has more upside than Brackins, but isn't very polished offensively. His offensive game is basic hitting 3's, or driving to the basket to his right. He doesn't have a polished inbetween game or goto moves. He has some quickness and is naturally strong for his position.
Both would have benefitted if ISU had better guard play and a better combo guard to compliment Garrett
Just my thoughts.
They are both good, solid players and will make some nice $ in Europe if they do it right.
I would bet good money Brackins will be in the NBA next year.
Neither player has the inside game for NBA. Brackens will need time in the d-league to get up to speed. He will be drafted but doubtful if he sticks. Will need to revamp his 10ft fall away for an attacking put back.
and CB has said it himself that he has developed as a post, because before all he wanted to do was play on the outside...and he's become a pretty good rebounder as well. pretty sure the coaches have something to do with that.
I never understood how people say Craig will be somewhat of a shooter in the NBA. He's really never been that great of a consistent shooter.
He really lacks the ability to put the ball on the floor and take it to the rim, making is own plays. I do find that a bit concerning about his NBA draft status.
BUT he is really athletic, still fairly young, and has a lot of potential.
From Tuesday Morning Quarterback in Oct 2008:
We just went 14-17. Does a college basketball team go 14-17 with two legitimate NBA caliber players on the roster?Quote:
Last week Indianapolis canceled a trade with Buffalo for underwhelming 2006 first-round defensive tackle John McCargo, who seems on his way for admission to the Bust Hall of Fame as a first-round selection who never started so much as one game. In the 2006 first round, three defensive linemen from North Carolina State were chosen: Mario Williams, first overall to Houston; Manny Lawson to San Francisco; and McCargo to Buffalo. As the third of the three was picked, Michael Irvin asked how so many guys could go in the first round from a team that was only 7-5, saying, "Look at their record, look at their record, how can they have three first-round picks?" Look at their record is the kind of thing a player says, and here the player's instincts were better than the instincts of scouts. Williams of course has become a star, Lawson has been hampered by injuries but had a big blocked kick against Jersey/A on Sunday, and at this point it looks like McCargo's best-case outcome is that some team gives him cab fare to the airport.
Gruber, Schneiderman, Stout, Coleman, heck even Eglseder and Koch (who I think he recruited), Jiri, Brackins, Hamilton.
Whether it be good recruiting or good coaching, I am not worried about McD and posts. He may not be Pete Newell or get some players to play perfectly (Brackins), but he has a good record. Now guard play....