Bragging Rights: Carlton Bragg Picks Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Two weeks after bringing his second state championship to Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Carlton Bragg made his college destination official. The 6-9 power forward will become a Kansas Jayhawk.
On Jan. 8, Bragg invited fans, family and the media to the VASJ campus to announce his decision. With the beginning of the spring signing period running from April 15-May 10, Bragg signed the National Letter of Intent as soon as he was able on Wednesday.
Rated as the nation’s 21st-best prospect on the ESPN100, Bragg narrowed his college potentials to Kansas, Kentucky and Illinois before deciding on KU. A five-star player who averaged 21 points per game during his senior season at VASJ, Bragg was named the Division III Associated Press Ohio Player of the Year on March 24. Adding to that, Bragg is the 37th McDonald’s All-American to sign at Kansas and will join Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden, Jr., as current McDonald’s All-Americans on the Jayhawk roster.
“We’re so excited to have Carlton on board,” head coach Bill Self said. “Norm (Roberts) did a great job in working with Carlton and his family to become part of our KU family. Carlton has great family support with his mother Monica Howard and his uncle Ezra Stokes.”
“Carlton is a legitimate 6-foot-9 inch, scoring and shooting type of power forward,” Self said. “Certainly, he’s one of the more skilled big guys that we’ve signed since we’ve been here. He comes from a great high school program with a great head coach in Babe Kwasniak.”
Known for his length, Bragg is also on the radar for his work on the offensive glass, his finishes in transition, and his explosiveness around the rim. His endurance isn’t too shabby either. Just hours after recording 12 points and a team-high five assists in the state championship game on March 28, the Cleveland native booked it to Chicago for the McDonald’s All-American weekend. While there, he finished second in the skills competition and third in the dunk contest in the Powerade Jam Fest on March 30 before scoring nine points in the MDAA-game on April 1. That game alone displayed his versatility with a breakaway windmill dunk and a long three from the perimeter.
“Babe was an assistant at UMKC and has done a great job with him,” Self continued. “Another great coach and great mentor with him has been Mike Graves (former VASJ assistant). So with Babe, Mike and his AAU coach Michael Duncan (Ohio Basketball Club), they’ve done a great job in developing and mentoring this young man to the point where I think it will be a pretty seamless transition for him into Division I basketball.”
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