Bragg excited about Louisville offer

The University of Louisville is the latest to extend a scholarship offer to 2015 power forward Carlton Bragg. Cardinal Authority has an update on the five-star prospect...

Rick Pitino raised the bar of interest for one of the nation's top power forwards in the 2015 class when he extended a scholarship offer to five-star target Carlton Bragg last week.

"Louisville offered last week," Bragg's mentor Mike Graves said on Sunday. "That's his latest offer."

The Cardinals program is the latest to offer Bragg, who also holds scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan State, Ohio State, UCLA and others. Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina are also expressing a high interest in his services.

"Maryland was up at his first practice on Friday," said Graves, who also confirmed that Louisville will watch his practice on Monday.

"We're still in contact with Kentucky, Louisville and all the other schools. He's going through the process and trying to get better on and off the court."

With the high school season approaching the 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward has shifted his focus towards helping his Villa Angela - St Joseph team defend its state title from a year ago.

"He's focusing on his high school season right now," Graves explained. "We just started practice and have a couple scrimmages coming up, so he's focused on that. Hopefully after the holidays we can take a visit or go to a couple games. We're going to Ohio State, going back to Kentucky and will try to check out Louisville again."

Bragg is no stranger to the Cardinals program. The U of L staff has been keeping tabs on the Cleveland, Oh., product for a couple of years and he has been to the Derby City multiple times as a participant in the John Lucas Midwest Invitational.

"He's excited about it," Graves said of Louisville's offer. "The National Champs. Louisville has awsome facilities. We've been down there twice to check out their facilities, see the dorms and stuff like that. He's excited about the Louisville offer."

With offers continuing to arrive by the week, Bragg, who is rated as the nation's No.3 power forward by, is in no rush to claim a favorite.

"We're just taking things slow and going through the process of looking at all the schools, evaluating them and comparing them to one another."

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