July 15, 2014

UNC heating up with Bragg?

On the Adidas circuit, Carlton Bragg is one of the premier prospects on the court. Last month at the NBA Top 100 camp in Charlottesville, the 6-9 PF from Ohio showed everyone that he could play against the best from Nike as well. He looked the part of the top 10 prospect during the week in the John Paul Jones Arena.

Simply put, he has cemented his status as an elite guy in the class of 2015.

Anyone who watches Bragg can see the cat-like quickness, the coveted versatility and the consistent motor that he's known for. He is an explosive leaper, a guy who can chase down rebounds both inside and outside of his immediate area, and he can bury long jumpers from the perimeter when his defender doesn't come out and respect his range. He plays both inside and outside with effectiveness.

The Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland, OH) rising senior already boasts over 25 high major offers and he's looking to wind things down in the fall and eventually make his anticipated college decision.

Any programs that want to be included in the race for Bragg will have to make an impact soon, or it will be too late.

Tar Heel Illustrated received a tip from a trusted source last weekend that North Carolina was one of the schools that was stepping up their efforts with Bragg, so we investigated the tip and found it to be valid.

"I just spoke with CB (McGrath) about two weeks ago," said Michael Graves, Bragg's personal mentor, who handles much of the communications with college coaches and the media regarding the versatile 2015 power forward. "He stated that they were going to watch him a lot this July."

And they did. The UNC staff made a stop in Chicago last week, where Bragg, amongst some other UNC recruiting targets were in attendance for the Adidas Unrivaled event.

"There's some interest, Coach (Williams) just doesn't rush to offer kid and we respect that," Graves added.

Bragg's advisor says that the recent surge in interest from UNC isn't a new thing, however, as the staff from Chapel Hill has been moderately consistent with the Ohio star for over a year. They've been out to see him in work outs, skill sessions and actual high school contests.

"They have been to our high school for open gyms and practices in the past. And they've also been to a game earlier this year."

Graves wasn't at the event in Chicago last week, but he had plenty of sources on the ground who were providing him updates on his young prospect.

"I'm getting good reports that he is playing hard in games and going hard in all of the drills," he said.

Bragg is rated as the 10th best prospect in the nation, in his class, according to Rivals.com

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