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Carlton Bragg commits to play ball at Kansas

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The 6'9" power forward decides to bring his talents to Lawrence, Kansas next year.

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Kansas has picked up its first verbal commitment for the class of 2015 when Carlton Bragg announced that he will play for the Kansas Jayhawks next season. The press conference wasn't without a bit of humor, as he accidentally said "Kentucky" when putting on the KU hat.  Here is the official Twitter announcement via @realchalktalk:

Bragg is ranked #14 nationally by Rivals, and he is seen as a potential cornerstone for the Jayhawks next season. His offensive game needs some work, but he figures to get plenty of playing time next year, as his raw talent is enough to push someone else out of the rotation in what appears to be a loaded frontcourt next year.

DraftExpress had the following to say about Bragg, albeit in 2013:

Strengths:
-Very strong frame for his age. Long arms. Big hands. Solid athlete
-Good shooting mechanics from the perimeter
-Very effective in transition
-Loves to play above the rim
-Physical player. Has a bit of a mean streak
-Excellent potential defensively with his strong frame and long arms
-Good timing as a shot-blocker

Weaknesses
-Doesn't have any real concept of how to operate in a half-court setting
-Shot-selection, decision making is poor
-Regularly settles for tough, off balance jumpers
-Average ball-handler. Cannot create his own shot
-No left hand
-Doesn't use his mature frame to his advantage inside the post
-Poor fundamentals on defense. Doesn't get into a stance. Doesn't put much effort in

Outlook: Physically mature forward somewhat stuck between positions. Likes to play on the perimeter but doesn't have the skill-set to do much besides shooting jumpers. Needs to do a better job of channeling his energy and focus.


From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com#ixzz3OGJW5oNB
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Bragg is rumored to be seeking a package-deal type experience with Jaylen Brown and/or Brandon Ingram, so you can probably expect him to immediately try his hand at recruiting, much like we saw in the football program a few years ago. His role on the team next year will be discussed often and extensively in the coming weeks, but for a sneak peek right now, check out this highlight video: