Monday, February 6, 2017

Carlton Bragg Jr. will suit up for Kansas tonight vs. K-State

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. (15) celebrates a bucket by Josh Jackson (11) during the half, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. (15) celebrates a bucket by Josh Jackson (11) during the half, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Monday afternoon told the Journal-World that the suspension for sophomore forward Carlton Bragg Jr., had been lifted and that Bragg was eligible to play in the Jayhawks’ Big Monday showdown with Kansas State at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

"He'll suit for (the) game," Self said via text message.

Suspended for the second time this season in late January following what Self deemed “a violation of team rules,” Bragg later was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in a case stemming from a rape investigation at the team’s on-campus McCarthy Hall dormitory.

The 21-year-old Cleveland native has since been granted a diversion in the drug paraphernalia case.

Bragg missed three games — at Kentucky, vs. Baylor and vs. Iowa State — during his second suspension of the season and has missed four games total this season because of off-the-court issues.

Having played in 19 of KU’s 23 games, including five starts, Bragg enters tonight’s game averaging 6.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in 15 minutes per game. In the first meeting with the Wildcats on Jan. 3, Bragg played 15 minutes and finished with 7 points on 3-of-5 shooting and 3 rebounds to go along with two turnovers.

His absence has forced freshman Mitch Lightfoot and junior Dwight Coleby in to bigger roles, but neither players has logged more than 10 minutes in any given game during Bragg’s absence.

Bragg’s presence on the Kansas bench returns much-needed depth to KU’s rotation and also gives KU’s short-handed front court another long, tall body to support starting senior Landen Lucas, who averaged 33 minutes a game — roughly 10 more than his season average — during Bragg’s suspension.


Dale Rogers 3 years, 11 months ago

I hope he can play with a free mind and just enjoy playing and stop overthinking.

Jay Scott 3 years, 11 months ago

Huge news. Bragg is the second most talented player on the active roster. Him playing somewhere near his potential is the difference between between Sweet 16 and Final Four.

Mike Greer 3 years, 11 months ago

It's great to have talent and be talented, but the buck stops at the display of that talent. To that regard I don't believe Coach has seen much of that talent on display this season. Carlton began the season as a starter, back when expectations for Dok were more long term. I believe that would have been Coach's preference, Jackson as the 3 and Bragg as the 4 with Vick / Svi / Dok coming in from the bench. Landen was struggling with injuries and Carlton was just struggling period. I think he has talent, I hope he gets it going and proves you right.

Jay Scott 3 years, 11 months ago

His numbers per minute compare well with Perry Ellis...

Roger Ortega 3 years, 11 months ago

Agreed Jay. If he does get PT tonight and I expect it, the KSU fans will no doubt have some choice words for him tonight. Tough game to come back to but we could def use his help if he plays with a free mind as Dale said.

Chad Smith 3 years, 11 months ago

Very happy he is coming back for this game. We need him.

Buck Bukaty 3 years, 11 months ago

Hoping to see Mr. Drop-Step Monster pouring it on, and in!

Bryce Landon 3 years, 11 months ago

Not a moment too soon. Hopefully he can get his act together and keep us on the road to #13.

Mike Kendall 3 years, 11 months ago

Well, good news-now, if he gets to play, play like a Big 12 champ, baby!

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