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Friday, January 18, 2013
2015 PF has talent to Bragg about

By Reggie Rankin

Sophomore power forward Carlton Bragg (Cleveland/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) is turning heads with his play this season.

As a result, many high-major programs have traveled to northern Ohio to check him out and have extended offers to the Class of 2015 standout.

Bragg list offers from Ohio State, Illinois, Cincinnati, Dayton, West Virginia and Cleveland State. Serious interest has also been expressed by Indiana, Michigan State, Texas and Iowa. Bragg has already taken an unofficial visit to Columbus to check out the Buckeyes and is scheduled to spend time unofficially with Michigan State this Saturday.

Carlton Bragg
Sophomore Carlton Bragg is a power forward who can really shoot the 3.
"I am looking for a school where I can feel welcomed and comfortable and where the academic support and tutoring is very good so I can get the help I need," Bragg said.

Bragg is 6-foot-9, 200-pound power forward with a sweet shooting stroke. He is averaging 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks per game so far this season while shooting a staggering 60 percent from 3-point range. Not bad for a young man who played junior varsity last year.

"Shooting the ball is what I do best," Bragg said. "I want to play hard for the team; play defense and be a leader."

The coaching staff at Villa Angela-St. Joseph has been pleased with Bragg's growth.

"Carlton shoots the ball extremely well for his size," said mentor and assistant coach Michael Graves, who has spent countless hours working with Bragg to help him develop on and off the court. "He is best shooting the 3 off the catch. He is vocal and a very good leader. He will have to continue to work on his ball-handling and scoring moves off the dribble, and he is already getting better."

"Michael has done a great job with Carlton," head coach Babe Kwasniak said. "His intangibles is what makes him special in my opinion, although he shoots the living daylights out of the ball. He is an awesome teammate. He plays with great emotion and enthusiasm and has some natural leadership skills. He has an infectious personality and a million-dollar smile."

In speaking with Bragg, he has a definite passion for the game in his voice. Add his talent and his support system to that passion, and this young man is on the right track to becoming successful on and off the court.