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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cleveland forward Bragg still likes KU

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

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Carlton Bragg, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound senior power forward from Villa Angela St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, on Monday cut his list of schools to five.

They are: Kansas University, Kentucky, Illinois, Arizona and UCLA.

“No particular order, no favorites and thank you to all the schools that have been recruiting me,” Bragg, Rivals.com’s No. 14-rated player nationally, Tweeted on Monday.

Bragg received scholarship offers from more than 20 schools, including Indiana, Texas, Michigan State, UConn, Louisville, Ohio State and Pittsburgh.

“They like to play open and my style of play matches their style of play,” he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, referring to his five finalists.

Bragg will visit KU for the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog and Kentucky for the Oct. 17 Big Blue Madness.

He has an in-home visit with KU coach Bill Self scheduled for Sept. 11.

It was big news in Ohio that Ohio State did not make Bragg’s list.

“I think these schools were the best fit for me, and Ohio State was not the best fit for me,” Bragg told the Plain Dealer.

Bragg averaged 18.7 points and 8.5 rebounds a game his junior season of high school.

“He is a stretch four. He can shoot the jumper, run the floor real well, and that’s what people love about him,” Bragg’s mentor, Michael Graves, told Zagsblog.com. “His upside is unlimited. He’s just gotta keep doing the hard work and stay hungry and humble.”

Tatum cuts to 10: Jayson Tatum, a 6-7 junior guard from Chaminade High in St. Louis who is ranked No. 4 in the Class of 2016 announced a list of 10 schools Monday on Twitter. They are: KU, Arizona, Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Saint Louis, UConn and Wake Forest.

KU offers point guard: Troy Brown, a 6-6 sophomore point guard from Centennial High in Las Vegas, has received scholarship offers from KU, UCLA, Duke, Arizona and UNLV, Zagsblog.com reports.

“It’s still kind of too early,” Brown told unlv.rivals.com, asked if he wanted to stay out West. “I’ll take it into consideration, but right now I’m just worried about playing basketball and being a kid.”

Comments

Suzi Marshall 2 months, 3 weeks ago

It seems there is a blurring between the words "mentor" and "agent."

Ian Emerson 2 months, 3 weeks ago

They really do sink their claws in as soon as possible Suzi

Jack Wilson 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Not to be too dramatic here, but Bragg is seemingly our most important recruit.

Perimeter recruits are a luxury, not a need. Post is a need with Alexander a likely OAD, with Ellis a possible (not probable) guy that might exit, and with our less than stellar post depth.

Look at the list of quality big men that we're in on. The ranks are closing quickly. Bragg, Zimmerman and Ivan Rabb. We seem to be on the outside Rabb (again, he's a clear OAD). Zimmerman is important, but he is a possible OAD (some think a likely OAD).

Bragg, though, is the type of guy that could cement our post area for 2-3 seasons. Not a presumed OAD. Seems like the perfect high quality guy to build around.

If would could snag Bragg and Zimmerman, it wouldn't get much better than that.

Ron Sterling 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Don't for get that we're in the mix for Cheick Diallo too. There are a couple other bigs we've offered, but not that we're recruiting heavily.

Ron Prichard 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I've noticed that a lot of our primary recruits that will be attending Late Night are also attending the Kentucky version the following week. I am guessing the fan presence and atmosphere at both venues will go a long way on helping some of these kids make a decision. Maybe we could get one or two to commit early and cancel their visit to Kentucky. Wishful thinking, I know, but I hate that Calipari gets the last shot at them.

Suzi Marshall 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I've been wondering if Self and Cal co-ordinate those events so they don't occur on the same weekend.

Scott Yessen 2 months, 3 weeks ago

It could happen. It happened with Selden and Oubre. Both visted and then cancelled their UK trips and commited. Wishful thinking maybe, but.....maybe not.

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