Kansas City, Mo. — The Jayhawks have been enjoying themselves on the floor thus far in the NCAA Tournament, blowing teams out on the way to an Elite Eight meeting with Oregon at Sprint Center.
But fun-loving sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr., said KU’s game preparation away from the court is serious business this time of year.
“Sometimes it can be fun, but coming into March, no. Nothing is fun,” Bragg said. “We try to make the game fun, try to let it go and all of that but we just have one focus, and that’s winning.”
Kansas City, Mo. — It’s not always the star players who make the difference in winning or losing during the NCAA Tournament.
Standout Kansas freshman Josh Jackson says the Jayhawks could use someone stepping up as an X-factor against Purdue in the Sweet 16, and he has someone in mind.
“Carlton is one of those X-factor guys that we look at,” Jackson said of Bragg, a sophomore backup forward. “We all feel like any time that Carlton has a good game, we’re gonna win the game — no matter what. I feel like he’s gonna have a pretty good game (against Purdue). He’s feeling a lot more confident.”
Kansas basketball players Frank Mason III, Landen Lucas, Svi Mykhailiuk and Carlton Bragg Jr. get into what went wrong for the Jayhawks in a Big 12 quarterfinal loss to TCU at Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Mo.
The KU players discuss the impact of playing without freshman star Josh Jackson, and Mykhailiuk shares the explanation he received following his foul in the final seconds, which led to TCU’s 85-82 upset.
Kansas senior center Landen Lucas discusses the impact of Josh Jackson and Carlton Bragg in the Jayhawks’ Big Monday victory at Kansas State.
The young basketball players at Bill Self’s summer camp wanted a show, and the Jayhawks delivered.
Freshmen Josh Jackson and Udoka Azubuike took turns trying to tear down the rim Wednesday afternoon, while sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr. and veteran guards Devonté Graham and Frank Mason III routinely made the campers ooh and ahh, as well.
Kansas freshman forward Carlton Bragg Jr. says senior forwards Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis made it clear to him before his first postseason game that he should play with confidence and not feel pressure.
Bragg, a 6-foot-9 big man from Cleveland, Ohio, followed their advice, calmly draining a pair of 3-pointers on his way to 12 points off the bench.
After making one bomb from the top of the key and another from the left side, Bragg says he doesn’t have a favorite spot on the floor to take 3-pointers.
“I was just letting it fly, you know,” says the freshman, now 4-for-7 on 3’s this season. “Luckily I was making shots tonight.”
— See what people were saying about KU’s quarterfinal vs. rival K-State during KUsports.com’s live coverage
More news and notes from KU’s Big 12 Tournament win over K-State
- On a roll: Bragg, Jayhawks impress in tourney opener
- Keegan: Graham, Mason driving KU’s success
- Kansas native Wade disappointed in performance vs. Kansas
- Jayhawks have incentive to beat Baylor in semis
- Notebook: Diallo sits out Big 12 Tournament opener
- Jayhawks roll against K-State to open postseason
- Keegan Ratings: Mason shows few flaws against Wildcats
Kansas freshman forward Carlton Bragg can’t wait to make his official KU debut in Friday’s season opener against Northern Colorado.
The 6-foot-9 freshman from Cleveland wants to show everyone what he is capable of at the college level.
Bragg says the team’s bigs get a good workout at practices, because fellow freshman Cheick Diallo runs the floor so hard and makes all the other post players try to match his intensity.
Watch Frank Mason III swat a layup, Hunter Mickelson convert a follow jam, Perry Ellis run the floor for a dunk and Carlton Bragg attack the rim.
Kansas delivered those highlights and more in an 89-66 exhibition victory over Pittsburg State.
Kansas sophomore point guard Devonté Graham says he tried to do a bit of everything on his way to 7 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the Jayhawks’ exhibition win over Pittsburg State.
Graham says he likes to get defensive rebounds and push the ball, because the Jayhawks are harder to stop when they’re in transition
Although KU won by 23 points, Graham said the team didn’t play well defensively in the tune-up.
But the point guard did like what he saw from a couple of KU’s big men: Hunter Mickelson and Carlton Bragg.
Late Night in the Phog festivities featured plenty of dancing and antics, as well as freshman Carlton Bragg playing piano at center court of Allen Fieldhouse.