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Cyclones' Brackins and Gilstrap Earn Big 12 Hoops Honors

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IRVING, Texas- Iowa State junior Craig Brackins and senior Marquis Gilstrap were honored today by the Big 12 Conference, as the league office announced its preseason men's basketball awards.

Brackins, an All-Big 12 first-team selection in 2008-09, was named to the 2009-10 Preseason All-Big 12 Team, and Gilstrap, a first-year transfer from Gulf Coast CC, was named Preseason Newcomer of the Year. Players honored in the preseason voting were selected by the league head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.

Brackins enters his junior season as one of the best players in the nation. The 6-10 forward from Palmdale, Calif., is listed as a preseason All-American by the majority of the national media after averaging 20.2 points and 9.5 rebounds in 2008-09. Brackins is the fourth-leading returning scorer in the nation and became just the third player in school history to record 600 points (645) and 300 rebounds (303) in a season. He has totaled 1,011 points in his career, ranking 26th all-time in the ISU record book.

Gilstrap, a 6-7 forward from Covington, Ga., is considered one of the best transfers in college basketball this season. Gilstrap was rated as the 26th-best player in the class of 2009 (high school and junior college players) by ESPN.com after averaging 22.6 points and 10.1 rebounds in 2008-09. The 2009 Panhandle Conference Player of the Year made 40.9 percent of his 3-pointers while leading his team to a 24-9 mark and a spot in the state final game vs. Chipola JC.

2009-10 Big 12 Preseason Awards

Preseason Co-Players of the Year
Cole Aldrich, Kansas, C, 6-11, 245, Jr., Bloomington, Minn.
Sherron Collins, Kansas, G, 5-11, 205, Sr., Chicago, Ill.

Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Marquis Gilstrap, Iowa State, F, 6-7, 215, Sr., Covington, Ga.

Preseason Freshman of the Year
Avery Bradley, Texas, G, 6-2, 180, Fr., Tacoma, Wash.

2009-10 Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Craig Brackins, Iowa State F, 6-10, 230, Jr., Palmdale, Calif.
Cole Aldrich, Kansas, C, 6-11, 245, Jr., Bloomington, Minn.
Sherron Collins, Kansas, G, 5-11, 205, Sr., Chicago, Ill.
Willie Warren, Oklahoma, G, 6-4, 199, So., Ft. Worth, Texas
Damion James, Texas, F, 6-7, 225, Sr., Nacogdoches, Texas
James Anderson, Oklahoma State, G, 6-6, 205, Jr., Junction City, Ark.

{Courtesy: Cyclone Athletics}

 

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