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Friday, October 27, 2017

Former Jayhawk Carlton Bragg Jr. steps away from Arizona State basketball program

Carlton Bragg and the Kansas Jayhawks warm up prior to their Nov. 11, 2016, meeting with Indiana, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Carlton Bragg and the Kansas Jayhawks warm up prior to their Nov. 11, 2016, meeting with Indiana, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Former Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr., who left KU following the 2016-17 season to transfer to Arizona State is stepping away from basketball.

According to a story from The Arizona Republic’s Brad Haller, Bragg has been “away from the team for what the school has called personal reasons.”

“We’re very supportive of what he’s going through and we’re hopeful to get him back soon,” ASU coach Bobby Hurley told Haller.

Bragg, a former McDonald’s All-American who struggled mightily during his sophomore season at Kansas after a promising freshman year, elected to transfer to Arizona State in May.

In addition to generating unflattering off-the-court headlines and dealing with suspensions a season ago, Bragg’s confidence appeared to sink and he played in 31 of KU’s 36 games, averaging just 13.8 minutes per game after opening the season as a starter.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Cleveland native averaged 5.2 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Jayhawks last season.

Because of NCAA transfer rules Bragg was ineligible to compete for the Sun Devils this season, but Hurley said recently that Bragg and two other ASU transfers who are sitting out were "pretty talented."

"Next year is going to be exciting," Hurley added. "They do a lot in practices and push us every day."

Comments

Brett McCabe 3 weeks, 2 days ago

I hate to see young people struggle. Best wishes that Carlton finds his way to some personal peace and happiness.

Henry Joseph Hofmeister 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Hopefully he isn't stepping away from school altogether.

Lance Hobson 3 weeks, 1 day ago

He didn’t play at all against Oregon when we really needed him and I’ve always wondered if he did something else just before that game. Him transferring right after that added to that theory. Hopefully he’ll get his act together.

Jerry Walker 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Life style choices can make the difference between a high school senior with a looming NBA career and spending the rest of your life riding the back of a garbage truck. Poor decisions can make Life a hard taskmaster.

Daniel Cummings 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Whatever demons you're dealing with Carlton, I know I speak for a huge part of the Jayhawk Nation in that we're all behind you and wish you the very best. You're a good young man and you'll always have the Crimson & Blue have your back!

Dirk Medema 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Does Carlton have to attend school to be eligible next year?

Freddie Garza 3 weeks ago

If his personal reasons are really basketball reasons...I don't know what to say. The guy is not NBA material and I hope he's not under the false illusion that he is. He has to look at the bigger picture and understand that he has been given a golden opportunity to get a FREE college degree from a prestigious university.

If his problems are truly non-basketball related, then hey, I wish him all the best and hope he finds an agreeable resolution to whatever it is.

But if it's basketball, then he needs to start thinking beyond basketball and take advantage of the opportunity that he's been afforded BECAUSE of basketball.

Joe Baker 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Hope he gets it all together. We waited a LONG time for him to bring it. He showed signs, but just couldn't translate on the court. Here's to hoping he gets things together and ends his collegiate career on a good note.

Craig Carson 2 weeks, 6 days ago

I hope this kid gets his life back on track..I know its easy to be frustrated that his talents didnt blossom at KU like we'd hoped but at the end of the day, basketball is only a game and its only entertainment..he was only gonna be here a short time abyway

Robert Robinson 2 weeks, 6 days ago

On a side note, I hate the one and done rule but circumstances like this remind me of one of the reasons the NBA loves it. Imagine spending millions of dollars on a guy straight out of highschool and he does what Bragg has done/is doing. I hope Bragg finds himself and gets his head right.

Kyle Martin 2 weeks, 6 days ago

From reports out here in AZ, he's been away from the team a few weeks now due to what Hurley officially termed a "personal matter". One of the ASU site publishers out here, said there were a few lingering issues from his Kansas days, but also some really tragic things have happened to his family in the last month. he couldn't go into more detail, but said it was very bad

Marius Rowlanski 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Really hated seeing this headline. I hope everything works out the best for this kid.

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