Can put the ball on the deck for a couple dribbles and get to the basket, especially against slower defenders
Great athleticism for a 6-10 player
Runs the floor well
Uses his length to his advantage especially on the boards and defensive end
Gets out-physicaled by bigger opponents
Tends to go for the blocked shot which gets him out of position as a rebounder
Too often settles for a fallaway jumper rather than attacking the basket
Needs to be more aggressive inside
Summary: Brackins has to be kicking himself for not turning pro after his sophomore season as his numbers and stock have taken a hit during his junior year. He probably would have been a safe bet for a lottery pick last summer but will fall into the 20s, possibly even the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft that has a lot more talented post players than the 2009 NBA Draft did.
Player Comparison: Hakim Warrick. Brackins is a tall, but not very physical power forward who seems to feel more comfortable facing the basket or with the ball on the perimeter than banging down low. Warrick was in the same mold because of his slim build and that ultimately hurt his stock when he was drafted. Brackins has the potential to develop into a more physical inside player, but has yet to show that steady aggressiveness at Iowa State.
A little late on this par but here goes: Houston -134 and if time available going in the second tier spot the Dodgers either with the high ML or I may go the way of the RL. Another: Colorado -134, two open. Another: Nats -149, two open. Another: Boston -200 (Sale), two open. GL tonight folks.
With every sports outlet picking the Titans, I feel they are overrated. I had them underrated last year but loved their o-line. They keep referencing before Mariota got injured. The thing is they were getting killed by the Jaguars before that injury. They pulled out some huge wins vs KC and GB but also struggled in their own division. I also wonder how Mariota's injury heals for this season as it was late in the season. I think they will be more of a .500 team that keeps games close. Hopefully, that means they cover the spread as underdogs.