Impact Assessment: Bragg's Cut to 5

As expected, 5-star PF Carlton Bragg cut his list to five schools. We take a closer look at what Carlton's cut means for Illinois and others involved.

Right now the focus is on point guards for the Illini in the 2015 recruiting class. Soon the focus will shift toward their pursuit of an elite post prospect. On Monday, Villa Angela St. Joseph (OH) power forward Carlton Bragg cut his list to a final five. Illinois was widely expected to make the list, but who else joins them?

Carlton Bragg has been telling everyone for a while that he was going to take his time with the process and his first major move would be trimming his list to five on September 1st. He has done just that. The suitors remaining for the #11 ranked prospect nationally are Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, and Arizona.

The first three were a more or less a given, with the final two up for grabs. A pair of Pac 12 programs in UCLA and Arizona get those last two spots. Illinois, Kentucky, and Kansas seem to be leading the pack at this point. Kansas will receive a visit on October 10 and that will be followed with a trip to Kentucky on October 17. Both will be for their midnight madness festivities.

Illinois is very much involved in this recruitment. Bragg has built a close relationship with the entire coaching staff and speaks highly of Head Coach John Groce’s system and how he would be utilized.

Look for Bragg to set up an official visit to Illinois soon. This recruitment has a while to play out and could drag into the late signing period. Expect the three contenders in the end to still be Illinois, Kentucky, and Kansas.

Scouting Report:

Bragg is a supremely gifted and athletic power forward that changes the game with his energy. His motor never stops and that translates to his teammates. Bragg runs the floor great and gets easy points in transition because of it.

Offensively he is at his best finishing in the paint with quick moves and athleticism. Bragg has the potential to be a big time rebounder at the next level and is a plus defender as well.

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