Rumor Alert: Brackman To Give Up Basketball This Season

We want to be extremely cautious about positioning this without any misunderstaning.

This entry is designed to share a RUMOR that SFN has NOT yet completely confirmed.

But, SFN has been informed by multiple sources in the last ten days that NC State’s Andrew Brackman will forego basketball this season to focus exclusively on his baseball career.

After picking up a lot of “smoke” related to the topic, we have chosen to share this rumor after hearing more substantial specifics regarding the situation from someone close to the baseball team over the weekend. Brackman wants/needs to focus 100% of his energy on the sport where he is most likely to play professionally – which is definitely baseball.

An annoucement is expected sometime this week, potentially in the next couple of days.

We HOPE that this information turns out to be untrue because the basketball team needs as many experienced bodies as they can gather for next season.

We will have more informatoin, opinion, and analysis on this as the week progresses.

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68 Responses to Rumor Alert: Brackman To Give Up Basketball This Season

  1. Kingfish76 07/17/2006 at 1:19 PM #

    As much as I’d love to beat the tarholes, the ACC refs will never allow a thing like that to happen, especially with swoffard at the helm.

  2. packbackr04 07/17/2006 at 1:59 PM #

    not to take away from the brackman talk, but is there any rumor of Sid trying to pick up any more players for this year? brackmans possible departure leaves us extremely thin(as if we werent thin enough already). will we even have enough to run 5 on 5 in practice? And again i am not sure i want to just fill the roster this year with so so players if we are going to clean house in 07 and 08

  3. tractor57 07/17/2006 at 2:02 PM #

    If Brackman does decide to drop basketballI will be sad remember what he brought as a freshman but I also remember he SHOULD consider his future (whether we like his decision or not). Wish he had progressed more under Sendeck.

  4. Lock 07/17/2006 at 2:13 PM #

    ^ I’m going out on a long, thin limb here, but I’m thinking that was just a joke.

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  6. yannes 07/17/2006 at 2:43 PM #

    “I’m going out on a long, thin limb here, but I’m thinking that was just a joke.”
    It is true because I want it to be true. It is also sad because fans can be so gullible.

    “not to take away from the brackman talk, but is there any rumor of Sid trying to pick up any more players for this year”
    No rumor and no chance. It was hard enough to pick up a mid-major prospect like Lewandowski. There really isn’t anyone out there that can play this season and it seems to be too late to get them into summer school.

  7. Mr O 07/17/2006 at 2:54 PM #

    This really shouldn’t be a surprise.

    All I can say is that the transition officially went as bad as could have been expected. In fact, I can’t remember a coaching transition going worse in the history of ACC basketball. Maybe with Cedric and Brackman it was out of our control, but a break here or there wasn’t too much to ask for. Our NBA draft pick goes pro while Duke and UNC’s draft pick both stay even though both were projected be higher draft picks? Unreal.

    Lowe has a huge hill to climb. If recruiting doesn’t go well in the near-term, then we could struggle for a while. Hopefully, he can get it going early.

  8. cfpack03 07/17/2006 at 2:58 PM #

    should’ve known from the 3 !’s

  9. vtpackfan 07/17/2006 at 3:07 PM #

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  10. joe 07/17/2006 at 3:11 PM #

    Bob Wade’s first year at Maryland was 0-14 in the ACC so it’s impossible to have a worst first year than that – at least percentage wise.

  11. packbackr04 07/17/2006 at 3:35 PM #

    so do we even have enough players run a scrimmage in practice?

  12. packbackr04 07/17/2006 at 3:38 PM #

    how about the appeal of Farnold Deagon (sp?) to be eligible this year? is that done

  13. redfred2 07/17/2006 at 3:39 PM #

    “Wish he had progressed more under (unmentioned).”

    Call me a dreamer, but I really think that a some great memories from earlier in their ACC careers could have made a real difference here, especially for Brackman, but early on for Simmons as well.

  14. vtpackfan 07/17/2006 at 3:46 PM #

    Jermonte Bush was Monte’s prize recruit, but standing at 5’10” and a natural scorer it is hardly worth the glance. He also went to a “diploma mill” prep school that the NCAA just cracked down on, though all those from this previous season will be waived through. He still needs to pass through NCAA clearinghouse. If he was 7’0″ it might not be the smartest thing considering everyone in the media wants to place Sid as his academic equal. Alazardo Parker is a flyer, to be sure. He came with little fanfare to UNO partly because of his international status (Turks and Caicos) and because injuries limited his plaing time in JC. No one is denying that his 6′ 7″ frame is ultra athletic.

  15. yannes 07/17/2006 at 3:51 PM #

    “so do we even have enough players run a scrimmage in practice?”
    Absolutely. I’m fairly certain that players that are sitting (like Degand, Ferguson, and Harris) will be able to practice with the team. I have also heard the rumor that Brackman may still practice with the team, although even without him we will have 12 players that can practice (including the two walk-ons, Nieman and Albritton).

  16. redfred2 07/17/2006 at 3:54 PM #

    “ANOTHER RUMOR!!! Espn II coming in this college basketball season with follow up to “Knight Schoolâ€?. Season two could be called “Lowe Postâ€?, and will follow closely rookie coach Sidney Lowe and staff as they daringly pick from the large student body at NC St. a team that vaguely matches up with ACC foes in the front court. Keep you posted.”

    Ahhh, that would simply be too much to ask for. The two best coaches that were ever considered (by just me, and pretty much me alone) for the NCSU job, with their own shows airing on the same network.

    Life is just a little too good to me.

  17. BladenWolf 07/17/2006 at 4:01 PM #

    Mr O-
    Couldn’t agree with you more. With the way the coaching search went, and with our beloved dysfunctional AD, it shouldn’t surpise anyone that we’re in the shape we find ourselves in.

    But DAMN…to add insult to injury…how is it that Ced, who was rated below Hasbro and Mcrap-berts, decides to gjump early while the media darlings decide to stay at school instead of becoming the newest members of the millionaire club?

    This could certainly point to more than just a couple of rebuilding seasons for Coach Lowe.

  18. choppack1 07/17/2006 at 4:32 PM #

    It’s entirely possible that Hansborough and McRoberts decision to stay in school made it an easier choice for Ced to stay in the draft.

    And O – I don’t know – if Grant gets deported it could get worse. And for me, the absolute worst case scenario was avoided when Sidney got his diploma and passed the NCAA test early.

  19. Mr O 07/17/2006 at 4:39 PM #

    Choppack: I was trying to forget Grant being deported as a possibility. 🙂

  20. packpigskinfan23 07/17/2006 at 5:25 PM #

    I think the fact that UNX has a REALLY good chance of taking the National Title next year had a LOT to do with Hansboro’s decision to stay out of the draft… He probably also knew he could recieve tons of awards and possibly even go #1 if he puts together a solid season this year….

    Ced on the other hand… he WAS inconsistant. I am his biggest fan, but even I was suprised when people started talking about him being a middle first rounder. Sure he had a great game at Duke…. but, he didnt have a great SEASON… but he showed the scouts he could do it in workouts… I am proud of him. I dont blame him for leaving at all. He could do nothing but hurt his chances in the draft with the team being as uprooted as it is now…

    as for Grant… I like to think that things should be on our side.

  21. redfred2 07/17/2006 at 7:01 PM #

    It would be insane if Grant were to be deported. It might also be time to seriously consider inhabiting another country, or planet.

    I know I am going to take a lot of flack for this, but I said it early on in the pre-season last year, I still believe that NCSU had the individual talent to win the ACC regular season title and go very, very deep into the NCAA tournament last season. I think that could have also been to NCSU’s advantage, just like UNC’s returning Hansboro, and though not likely possibly incentive for Simmon’s return, but definitely a factor in Brackman’s decision to drop basketball.

  22. packpigskinfan23 07/17/2006 at 7:20 PM #

    they absolutley did have the talent… an good inside man with strength and LONG arms, an intelligent playmaker and great shooter in Etimov, A good ball handler and great scrambler in Atsur, absolutley beautiful shots with Bethel, and an all around amazing athlete in Bennerman. and then they had Grant who seemed to be the only one on the team who was trying near the end of the season. You could really tell he cared. He wanted to win. Remined me a lot of Hodge in the UConn game. Brackman did some wonderful things last year, but always seemed to get picked on by the refs… if he did something good on one end of the court, the next thing that happened was him getting called for a soft foul. They really could have won the ACC last year… but one bad game, and the team fell apart. That was always an issue with Sendek. Even if the team is not the best in the world this comming season, I expect Coach Lowe to address that issue the most. One game can not break your spirit as a competitive player.

  23. redfred2 07/17/2006 at 10:52 PM #

    packpigskinfan23: Thanks for backing me up on that. It makes me feel a little more sane to think I wasn’t only person out there who felt that way.

    “One game can not break your spirit as a competitive player.”

    Definitely should not, but several highly competitive games inexplicably ending with disappointing losses in the final five minutes of play would probably have that same affect on the best of ’em. Did me anyway.

  24. JeremyH 07/18/2006 at 1:10 AM #

    if you recall after the announcement of Sidney Lowe and his intro speech, talking about fast-paced offense– it was Grant who’s eyes were lighting up. I still think we have a above-average talented team, it should be entertaining and new with the new style and emerging Sophs (MC AAs). Hopefully the Brackman decision will be the last of the dominos, see you in November let’s go from here kind of deal.

  25. yannes 07/18/2006 at 8:49 AM #

    Yup. Brackman is leaving the team. You’ll find out officially soon enough.

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