When you see a 6’9 sophomore, you are usually expecting a gangly big man who is still an infant in the stages of development, not a player who is shooting 50% from beyond the 3-point arc. Meet Carlton Bragg, Ohio’s best in the class of 2015.
Playing his high school ball for perennial power Cleveland VASJ, Bragg has the ability to play outside on the perimeter despite being two inches taller than any of his teammates. With many teams running zone against a VASJ team that offers 4 players who are at least mid-major caliber, he has proven to be a zone buster with his quick, effortless release from beyond the three point line. A solid shooter both off of the dribble and from the catch, the potential is there for Carlton to develop into a full time small forward by the time it is all said and done. His length, high skill level, and mobility set him apart from most 6’9 players in his class and as he continues to get stronger, Bragg will only continue to be more of a matchup problem for opponents coming to the legendary school on East 185th and Lakeshore.
Carlton blew up this past summer on the AAU circuit running with Mike Duncan’s Ohio Basketball Club and the schools vying for his service only seem to grow on a daily basis. Ohio State, West Virginia, Cincinnati, and Illinois have already put scholarships on the table, while Kentucky, Michigan State, Louisville, and Indiana are a few other elite programs who have began recruiting Bragg as of late.