McDonald's All-American week is well underway in Chicago, and Cleveland native Carlton Bragg is enjoying the experience.
"The competing wise, going hard in practice, I am loving it," Bragg said. "I would say practice wise the best part is learning new things about the game and learning how to pick and pop and how to guard the pick and roll."
Bragg's West team is coached by Chicago Simeon head coach Rob Smith and his staff, a group of coaches that Bragg is learning a lot from.
"They aren't trying to yell at us, they are trying to teach us a lot. They are teaching us how to ice it, that is a big part of the pick and roll and they want me to shoot it more than what I do now," Bragg said.
He added, "I am just listening and learning and trying to take everything out of it that I can, the main thing is just focus. When you aren't paying attention it's hard to comprehend everything. For me, it's like comprehending it I have to see it. It's easy after that though."
For the 6-9, Kansas bound prospect there is no time to waste between now and when he get's on campus.
"I want to work on everything. Mainly my ball handling, my shooting, and my conditioning. I know conditioning will be hard," Bragg said.
Kansas is a special place already for Bragg, and he knew it when he took his official visit to Lawrence.
"I want to say the last day of my official when I went to the coaches house and we sat and had a meal and played around a little bit. Being with the guys it made me feel confident and made me want to be there with them. It wasn't all strange. And it made me feel like I fit in with them."
His work isn't done at McDonald's All-American week though, he's spending plenty of time recruiting uncommitted prospects in the game.
"Just being friendly, I am trying to get Brandon Ingram and Zimmerman to come to Kansas with me, so it's been pretty fun. We joke and laugh at times but most of it is serious. I think the recruiting is going really well but I need to push a little bit harder though," Bragg said.