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Kansas-Bound Carlton Bragg Hopes to Recruit Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown at McDonald’s Game
The McDonald’s All-American game is always fertile ground for committed players to recruit uncommitted players to join them on campus.
This year figures to be no exception with nine uncommitted players chosen Wednesday night to the April 1 game at Chicago’s United Center.
Kansas commit Carlton Bragg plans to use the forum to recruit fellow forwards Jaylen Brown and Brandon Ingram to join him with the Jayhawks.
“I think there is a chance I can get them to come to Kansas with me,” Bragg told SNY.tv contributor Chip Miller on Wednesday.
Asked if he was working on a package deal, he said, “Yes.”
“He said that by participating in the McDonald’s Game with them this gives him the opportunity to recruit those two guys,” added Michael Graves, Bragg’s mentor.
Both Brown and Ingram are uncommitted and considering Kansas, among others.
“We talk like every other day,” the 6-foot-8 Bragg previously told SNY.tv. “See how practice is going and stuff. Give each other tips.”
The 6-9 Ingram is considering Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA.
The 6-7 Brown told ESPNU Wednesday that he will decide on a school after the high school season. He’s considering Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan and North Carolina.
“I try to focus on one thing at a time, so after the season that will be my main focus and my main priority,” Brown said. “Right now I’m trying to focus on what’s in front of me, and that’s still the school work that I have and graduating high school and trying to win a state championship.”
Brown is the projected No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.
As for what it means that Bragg was chosen to the game, Graves said: “Real nice accomplishment. [He] put a lot of hard in over the last four years. A lot of time in the gym teaching him, counseling him, mentoring him. This is one of the biggest joys of the things that we have accomplished in the last four years. It just made me reflect about the beginning, when we first started in the gym, all the summers and working out, pushing and working hard and now this is the fruit of all our hard labor.”
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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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