August 12, 2013

No Need to Bragg

They say that prospects on the Nike circuit get all of the love. And there may be some truth to that, given the exposure of the EYBL, but the Adidas circuit has some elite guys as well. They just have a tendancy to sneak up on you sometimes.

One of Adidas circuit kids making a lot of noise is Carlton Bragg from Cleveland, OH and he had a summer that has placed him on the wish list of many college programs.

The Villa Angela-St. Joseph's rising junior is one of the most coveted hoopsters on the planet. UNC, as well as many other schools, has gotten involved with the highly rated 2015 forward.

The Tar Heels have watched him, reached out to him, and they want him to come to Chapel Hill and get a feel for the 6-9, 212-pounder.

"We spoke to one of the assistants, CB McGrath," said Michael Graves, Bragg's mentor, who handles a lot of the recruiting process. "They watched him in Vegas and McGrath told me that Coach Roy (Williams) loved him. I know Coach Williams is on vacation or with family now, but they want to get him down there and have him look at the campus before they offer."

"He said that they don't really throw out offers as fast as a lot of schools."

Graves and Bragg know all about the many advantages that UNC has to offer, including their stability, success and history of sending guys to the National Basketball Association.

"They have had a great history. They're one of the schools that is always good, every year," he continued. "They produce good teams and they have a lot of success. They always have guys that go on to the next level and they're solid."

Bragg has made an impact with many traits and abilities, as well as his willingness to play hard and exert his best effort each time he steps on the court. He's known as a versatile guy that can show quickness, skill and ferocity as well as play the game with a high IQ and court savvy.

" His communication out there is what a lot of college coaches talk about," said Graves. "His defense is solid and he just has a high motor. He plays hard, plays inside and outside, and can run and play in a fast paced system. He is always blocking shots, running hard, screaming when he's dunking and shooting from the outside. He's making plays in the paint and when he's not in the game; he's communicating, talking, encouraging his teammates and doing all of the little things."

"And he's got that big Kool-Aid smile that they all love. He's just a really good kid," added Graves.

So far, the 2015 power forward has 15 offers, including the likes of Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, Georgetown, Indiana, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Dayton, UCLA, DePaul, Akron, Texas, Wisconsin, Missouri and Cleveland State. And that number is rising quickly.

Bragg is rated as the 12th overall best prospect in the class of 2015 and the top overall prospect in the state of Ohio.

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