INDIANAPOLIS—College basketball coaches looking for players that care and perform with as much passion as possible need look no further than 2015 Ohio Basketball Club five-star power forward Carlton Bragg out of Villa Angela (Ohio) St. Joseph high school.
Standing 6-foot-9, 200-pounds with a developing physique, Bragg exhibits a great deal of emotion on the basketball floor, slamming home dunks with authority and a loud scream that permeates throughout the gymnasium.
“That’s just my personality,” Bragg told GoBlueWolverine. “That’s just who I am. I love to play the game.”
So much so in fact, Bragg, who raced down the floor to snag a bounce pass for an emphatic two-handed dunk in traffic, received a technical foul Friday evening after screaming and flexing in intense excitement.
Holding offers from Ohio State, West Virginia, Texas, DePaul, Illinois, and his newest offer that came down Thursday from UCLA, Bragg is enjoying a breakout summer with OBC, thoroughly controlling play throughout the Adidas Invitational.
“Summer is going really well right now,” said Bragg. “I’m just trying to accomplish my goals and get to the next level.
“I’m just glad I’m a division one prospect.”
Not one to rest on his laurels, Bragg continues to work hard on his multi-dimensional game, bringing both a physical brand of basketball to the paint while also showcasing consistency with his mid-range jumper, even attempting to strengthen his outside shooting.
“I want to get better at everything,” said Bragg. “But I want to get stronger, work on my moves in the post, and definitely ball handling.
“I’m trying to add a couple of pounds but not too much weight. I don’t want to be too muscular.”
Receiving mail from Indiana on a daily basis, Bragg says he’s “wide open” right now, considering all of his options.
A new option on Bragg’s list is the Michigan Wolverines. In contact with the Maize & Blue, Bragg likes what he’s hearing from the contingent in Ann Arbor.
“I talked with the head coach and an assistant coach,” said Bragg. “They’ve talked about how I’ve developed my game and that they want to sit down and talk to me before they offer (a scholarship).
“We were just basically talking and they want to get to know me better as a person and a player.”
Asked what he knows about Michigan and their up tempo play, Bragg believes he’d fit right into the system with the Wolverines.
“They run fast,” said Bragg. “They’re very fast and that’s my style of play. I want to see what the style of the coaches is like and the atmosphere of it all (at Michigan).”
Looking to take “as many (visits) as possible” this summer and into the fall, Bragg is still unsure which schools will be lucky enough to host him. Asked if Ann Arbor is a spot he’d like to check out soon, his response was simple, but exactly what Michigan wants to hear.
“Oh yes,” he said.
Look for highlights, more notes, and an evaluation of Bragg’s play from FOXSportsNEXT National Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow in the days to come.