Announcement Primer: Carlton Bragg

Here is the announcement primer for five-star power forward Carlton Bragg who announces this afternoon.

The Recruitment

This was a long recruitment which really first got going just before the start of the sophomore season for Carlton Bragg. He broke out at the Hoop Group Future All-American Camp, and from there things just exploded.

Illinois and Ohio State jumped into the recruitment extremely quickly, as did Pittsburgh and Indiana. From there he was firmly on the radar of all of the national schools. Programs such as Arizona, UCLA, Kentucky, Louisville, and Michigan all jumped into the mix by the middle of Bragg’s junior season, and there was no doubt that this was becoming a very competitive battle.

While many felt Bragg was probably going to end up close to home at Ohio State, he insisted he was open, and eventually Bragg narrowed his list down to UCLA, Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, and Kansas. That five was in the mix for the first cut, before the Illini, Kentucky, and the Jayhawks made the second cut down to three.

In the end Bragg made pre-season visits only to KU and UK, while he made several previous unofficial visits to Illinois. While never publicly commenting on a leader or anything, all the vibe at the end was that Kentucky and Kansas were the two to beat.

The Talent

There is an awful lot to like about Bragg and what he brings to the basketball court. He is capable of doing pretty much everything you want out of a power forward. He is 6-foot-9, has long arms, is a very good athlete, can make shots out to the mid-range, will block shots, and also has the ability to really run the floor and score down low.

When locked in, Bragg is capable of dominating games on both ends of the court. He has shown that ability both during high school and AAU, that when properly motivated and in the right mindset that he completely controls things.

The issue with Bragg has been inconsistency. There are long stretches of time where he can absolutely disappear, and you wonder why everybody in the country wants him. Still at the end of the day the talent here is elite, he just needs to be groomed to be a player.

The Prediction

Brian Snow: It has been a long recruitment for Bragg and he has been able to build a solid relationship with each of his three finalists. Illinois has been in it the longest, but the lack of an official visit doesn’t bode well. Also the vibe recently has been on Kansas. Bill Self and his staff did an excellent job during their official visit, and word is Bragg really likes everything about the program. While it is always tough to bet against John Calipari, right now the guess is the Jayhawks. Prediction: KANSAS

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