Bragg talks recruiting

Recruiting is only picking up for one of the more naturally talented players in the country.

Five-star Cleveland (Ohio) Villa-Angela St. Joseph's star Carlton Bragg has been a top priority for many elite programs over the past year. The 6-foot-9 power forward continues to add interest, and now as a junior it is even more pronounced.

Though his team lost to Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman on Friday at the Cancer Research Classic, Bragg feels that his season is off to a good start.

"It has started real well," said Bragg. "We came out 4-0, and now we are in a challenging part of our schedule and we came up a bit short."

He continued, "I have just been working on everything. Mainly my ball handling and getting stronger, those two things have been my focus."

Schools such as Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan State have long been involved with Bragg on the recruiting trail, and he says the list is only getting longer.

When asked who has really been in touch with him, Bragg said, "It is really every school in the country, but Arizona mainly."

The Wildcats recently offered, and Bragg says he likes the recruiting approach they are taking with him.

"They are trying to get to know me more as a person than a player, and I like that," said Bragg.

Watching Bragg on Friday night was John Calipari. The Kentucky boss hasn't yet offered Bragg, but the interest has been picking up.

"I try to block out who is watching me, but I was very nervous coming into the game," Bragg explained. "(Kentucky) is recruiting me, but they have told me they want to get everything finalized with 2014 before moving on to 2015."

Two schools that have long been fixtures in this recruitment are Ohio State and Illinois.

About the in-state Buckeyes, Bragg said, "They are my hometown team and I love them. I talked to them (Thursday) night, and they told me to stay focused and keep working hard."

In terms of Illinois, Bragg said, "I still stay in contact with Illinois a lot. I mainly talk to Coach (Dustin) Ford and he is a real good guy."

When it comes to a decision don't expect anything soon as Bragg is just now beginning to figure things out when it comes to his recruitment.

Scout Hoops Top Stories