IRVING, Texas-For the second time this season, Iowa State sophomore forward Craig Brackins was selected as Big 12 Player of the Week after averaging 28.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games last week.
Brackins, who also earned Big 12 POW honors on Dec. 8, was chosen by a panel of media covering the conference.
"Craig was fabulous against Houston," ISU head coach Greg McDermott said. "Defensively he did some good things and he was very active on the glass. He scored in a lot of different ways and it was one of the best offensive performances I have ever seen. It wasn't just on the block. He hit a couple of threes, had some mid-range shots go in and he attacked the offensive glass. It was just total complete game and he keeps getting better."
A native of Palmdale, Calif., Brackins produced one of the most prolific offensive games in school history by scoring 23 of his career-high 38 points in the second half of ISU's 71-67 win at Houston on Sunday. His 38-point effort was the most points scored by a Big 12 player this season and the best scoring outing by a Cyclone since Marcus Fizer tallied 38 points vs. Baylor in 2000. It ties for the 10th-best single-game scoring performance on the ISU record chart.
Brackins, who was 15-of-23 from the field vs. UH, also grabbed 14 rebounds in the game to register his fourth double-double in the last four games. The power forward is averaging 28.0 points and 12.0 rebounds in his last three games.
"It is a great feeling to get the award," Brackins said. "I played with a lot of confidence. I have been trying to more aggressive on the boards and I have been feeding off that on the offensive end. My teammates have been great in regards to getting me the ball in the right spot, which has made it much easier to find lanes to the basket."