Two ISU basketball stand outs drafted in first round

Jordan Wickstrom

Iowa State said goodbye to two of its most prolific basketball stars this past year, when men’s basketball power forward Craig Brackins and women’s basketball guard Alison Lacey were both drafted in the first rounds of their respective drafts.

In a very emotional moment, Brackins, who spent the first 20 picks anxiously waiting to hear his name be called, was drafted 21st overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“To finally you know you have a home, there’s no better feeling,” Brackins said.

“There’s nothing better than this. I have no words right now, seriously. This is a great opportunity. This is what I’ve always wanted to do.”

Despite being selected by the Thunder, Brackins has since found himself being sent to the Hornets in a draft-night trade for fellow first round draft pick and former Kansas stand-out Cole Aldrich, and nine-year NBA veteran Morris Peterson.

For Lacey, her draft day experience was much different.

Just one week after ending her career as the only ISU women’s basketball player to tally more than 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in her career, former ISU guard Alison Lacey was selected 10th overall in the WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm.

Lacey’s 10th overall selection was notable for being the highest ISU player to ever be drafted by a professional sports team.

“I’m excited,” Lacey said in a news release. “I’m nervous and anxious to get to training camp to see what it’s like. I’m relieved to know where I’m going. It’s been a long day and I have a lot to figure out now.”

Since being selected, Lacey has not seen much playing time, averaging just 4.4 minutes per game in 13 games played, while scoring just .3 points per game.

Lacey’s lack of playing time this season is thanks in large part to Seattle’s all-star guard Sue Bird. Bird has consistently been one the WNBA’s marquee players since being drafted in 2002.