Cats offer Bragg

John Calipari's newest scholarship offer went out to five-star Cleveland (Ohio) Villa Angela-St. Joseph forward Carlton Bragg after the UK boss watched him play this weekend.

Kentucky has issued a new scholarship offer in the basketball Class of 2015.

The Wildcats' latest offer went out to five-star Cleveland (Ohio) Villa Angela-St. Joseph forward Carlton Bragg after UK coach John Calipari watched him play this weekend. Bragg's AAU coach, Michael Duncan of the Ohio Basketball Club, confirmed the news via Twitter on Sunday.

Bragg, a 6-foot-9, 200-pound power forward, is currently ranked the No. 9 prospect in the junior class by Scout. He also holds offers from programs such as Arizona, Ohio State, Illinois, Louisville, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State and West Virginia.

Ohio State and Illinois have been fixtures in Bragg's recruitment from the beginning, and Arizona has also established a good relationship with the Buckeye State star.

Kentucky has scouted Bragg twice this month, including a 14-rebound effort at the prospect-laden Cancer Research Classic in West Virginia. Last night at Mustang Madness in Paducah, Ky., he had a 24-point, nine-rebound showing with Calipari in attendance. He shot 10-for-14 from the field.

"Carlton is a very athletic power forward who is showing some improved wing skills," said Scout national basketball analyst Brian Snow. "His upside is through the roof and he is continually improving."

Bragg joins a growing list of 2015 UK offers that includes Mississippi shooting guard Malik Newman, Nevada center Stephen Zimmerman, California center Ivan Rabb, Chicago wing Charles Matthews, Memphis center Skal Labissiere, Ohio shooting guard Luke Kennard, Pennsylvania wing Derrick Jones and West Virginia wing Teki Gill Caesar.

The Wildcats do not have a verbal commitment to this point in the 2015 class. UK continues to recruit the final piece or two to its 2014 class after signing Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis and Karl Towns in the fall.

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