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Bragg Enjoys Kansas, Talked Package With Ingram, Brown
Carlton Bragg enjoyed his trip to Kansas for Late Night in the Phog and said he talked about a potential package with Jaylen Brown and Brandon Ingram.
“Brandon Ingram and Jaylen Brown, we’re thinking about packaging,” the 6-foot-8 Bragg told SNY.tv by phone Sunday night.
Asked what schools were in the mix for the trio, Bragg said, “We not for sure yet. We’re going to take our five official visits first and then we’re going to start talking about it again. We don’t want to rush anything.”
Asked how good they could all be if they landed at the same place, Bragg said, “It would be amazing.”
The 6-foot-8 Bragg from Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph is down to Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA and Illinois. He said he plans to visit Illinois at some point, but has no date set.
He, Brown and Ingram are among those who will be on hand next weekend for Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness.
The 6-6 Brown, the top player in the Class of 2015, is considering Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Georgia, Georgia Tech and North Carolina, among others.
The 6-8 Ingram is looking at Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and UCLA.
As for Kansas, Bragg enjoyed it.
“It was great, I had a good time,” Bragg said. “Late Night in the Phog blew me away. The atmosphere was just crazy.”
Bragg and the others had dinner at coach Bill Self’s house one night and Self preached to Bragg his history with coaching up bigs.
“He said I’m never a five, he’s going to play me as a four,” Bragg said. “He’s sees me as a three/four. He’s the top in the country for developing bigs at my size, my position. He said he can develop me better than any coach in the country.”
Bragg and the other recruits said they did sneak a peak at some of the Kentucky NBA combine broadcast Friday on ESPNU that featured 90 NBA personnel.
“We watched some of it,” he said. “Yeah, that was amazing.”
As for what he’s looking forward to at Kentucky, Bragg said, “I just want to feel comfortable. I want to get to see the atmosphere, how it is for real. I want to experience it for myself. I’m looking forward to meeting Coach Cal personally.”
Like many other elite 2015 players, Bragg plans to sign late.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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