It took all of one question for Kansas coach Bill Self
to laugh when he thought of Iowa State power forward Craig Brackins
"We held him to 42," Self joked when recalling a game between the Jayhawks and Cyclones in January 2009. "Craig can really score both inside and out. He's got a full offfensive repertoire and that will be obvious right away at the NBA level."
The 6-foot-10 Brackins has been linked to the Knicks
through several media reports with one of their second-round picks in next week's NBA Draft.
New York will select at both 38 and 39.
Though his team never went deep into the postseason during his college career, Brackins had a knack for always making an impact in the boxscore. As a sophomore, Brackins averaged 20.2 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game. Last season, his numbers dipped to 16.5 PPG and 8.5 RPG.
His lack of a supporting cast was a major reason for his team's failure to go further than they did.
"He didn't have a lot of help," Self said of Brackins. "That had a lot to do with why their (Iowa State) record was what it was."
Self also pointed out that Brackins would have to adapt to certain things on the interior if he hopes to have a long career on someone's NBA frontline.
"He's not a physical player," Self added. "He can develop into a Robert Horry
type shooter if he develops on the perimeter. He has that type of ability. He's going to be someone who can face up and score in a number of different ways."