Brad Underwood and his staff are on the search to stock the roster with talent, and that search will include Kansas transfer Carlton Bragg Jr.
Illini assistants Orlando Antigua and Jamall Walker spoke with Bragg on the phone on Saturday -- Bragg's mentor, Michael Graves, told IlliniInquirer.com. The 6-foot-10 forward received his release on Thursday.
Bragg chose Kansas over Illinois and Kentucky during his high school recruitment. Graves said that Illinois figures to be a significant player again given their familiarity with both Antigua (Kentucky) and Walker (Illinois) during the original recruitment.
Bragg averaged 5.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game as a sophomore. He has not come close to tapping into his potential that had him ranked No. 35 overall in the 2015 class by Scout.com.
In addition to having problems playing big minutes at Kansas, Bragg was suspended for four games during the 2016-17 season for separate legal issues. But his talent is evident and a change of scenery was clearly needed.
Graves said Bragg is working on his game and still fielding interest. He added that they will likely take a few visits at the appropriate time.
Stay tuned to IlliniInquirer.com for more as this story develops.