Uploaded on 6 May, 2013
By: Jason Morrow
One of the hottest players this summer has been Ohio Basketball Club and Cleveland Villa Angela St. Joesph’s Carlton Bragg. Bragg, ESPN’s 13th rated player from the class of 2015 , has been a force on the low block and just about everywhere else. He lead his AAU squad, Ohio Basketball Club to the OBBL and Adidas Hoops Challenge championships, along with a runner-up finish in the Adidas Invitational, earning a spot in our top performers of the week list.
What makes Bragg so special in my opinion is his ability to score in the open court. Whenever Bragg is alone in transition, the camera better be ready, as he has been known to be a high-flyer. His ability to soar to the rim makes him a big player in the class of 2015, and his stock has really been rising this summer. In that last video mentioned above, Bragg’s defensive abilities are on display before the dunk. He has really been a force down low, blocking and altering shots in the paint.
Offensively, Bragg is a force in transition and is developing as a scorer, and one part of his game I would really like to see him improve on is dribbling, although he has shown flashes of having great handles. For Bragg to become a top 5 player, in my opinion, he will have to work on getting to the rim in the half-court, driving and slashing to the bucket. One thing that has made him a breakout this spring and summer is his ability to knock down threes. During his season at Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s, Bragg hit 54% of his threes, helping lead his Vikings squad to an OHSAA Division IV title.
One of the things that really impresses me the most about Carlton is his leadership off the court. If you ever get to catch one of his games, AAU circuit or during his season at Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph, his energy and cheering, along with his “scream” after big plays to his teammates really gives him an added element that really sets him apart.
He has already been offered by many D1 schools like UCLA and Texas, but according to 247Sports, Illinois and Ohio State are two of the places that have been considered “warm and warmer”.