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ISU's Brackins to be part of World University Games


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-Iowa State junior forward Craig Brackins hasn't travel abroad in his entire life. He will now get his chance, as the Palmdale, Calif., native made the 12-man USA World University Games roster, announced today by USA Basketball.

Brackins will practice another week at the USA Basketball Training Facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., before departing for Belgrade, Serbia to participate in the World University Games, an event held every other year and sponsored by the University Sports Federation. A total of 24 men's teams will participate in the competition held from July 2-12. Eligible athletes for the USA team must be currently enrolled in a college or university and have remaining NCAA athletic eligibility.

Brackins, who was a First-Team All-Big 12 selection last season, went through the tryouts from June 16-18 and was one of the 12 players to make the final cut. Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan will lead the USA team.

The Cyclone power forward produced one of the most prolific statistical seasons in recent ISU history in 2008-09. He ranked second in the Big 12 in scoring (20.2) and third in the conference in rebounding (9.5) while earning honorable mention All-America honors from the Associated Press.

Also named to the 2009 USA Men's World University Games Team were: James Anderson (Oklahoma State / Junction City, Ark.); Talor Battle (Penn State / Albany, N.Y.); Trevor Booker (Clemson / Whitmire, S.C.); Da'Sean Butler (West Virginia / Newark, N.J.); Corey Fisher (Villanova / Bronx, N.Y.); Lazar Hayward (Marquette / Buffalo, N.Y.); Robbie Hummel (Purdue / Valparaiso, Ind.); Quincy Pondexter (Washington / Fresno, Calif.); Deon Thompson (North Carolina / Torrance, Calif.); Evan Turner (Ohio State / Chicago, Ill.); and Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State / Brownsville, Tenn.).

Brackins joins an elite list of Cyclones who have participated on a USA Basketball-sponsored team. The last Cyclone to represent the United States on a national team was Marcus Fizer, who competed for the U.S. in the 2001 Goodwill Games.

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