Kansas sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr. will transfer this offseason, according to Shay Wildeboor of Rivals.com.
“We appreciate Carlton’s efforts the last two years at Kansas,” Jayhawks head coach Bill Self said. “We certainly respect his decision to pursue other opportunities. We wish him nothing but the very best and hope he is able to reach his dreams and goals.” (Bleacher Report)
In the least shocking news coming from the University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball offseason, Carlton Bragg will transfer from the Jayhawks. The former 5 star recruit from Cleveland, Ohio averaged 5.2 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game in his sophomore season. The forward hasn’t really panned out as much as he should have.
The Jayhawks will be fine without Bragg. It would’ve been nice to have him for his junior year, because he adds depth, but I think Bragg’s days at Kansas were numbered. He was arrested earlier this year but was found not guilty and he was also suspended for a few games for breaking team rules. The players on the team love Bragg, but it’s no secret he was an off the court distraction. Bragg missed a lot of games this year, was put in Bill Self’s dog house, which is a terrible place to be and Bragg didn’t even play in the Elite 8 loss to Oregon. Bragg lost his backup spot to Dwight Colbey.
How does Bragg transferring affect the Kansas 2017-2018 team? Well not all too much. Again, it would’ve been nice to have him for depth but the Jayhawks will have Udoka Azubuike returning next year after missing most of the season with torn ligaments in his wrist. However, in the games he played, he became an instant starter, even starting over Senior Landen Lucas. Udoka became a promising player and looks like he’ll be a beast.
The Jayhawks will also have McDonalds All American Billy Preston coming in next year, and will now replace Bragg. Preston looks like he is going to be star and thrive in the Jayhawks system.
And for the depth? The Jayhawks will have a fully healthy Dwight Colbey, who became a key big man off the bench for the Jayhawks. He plays with so much toughness and does the little things, he can hold it down for 15 minutes a game. And finally, the Jayhawks have Mitch Lightfoot. Lightfoot looks promising. He didn’t play that much as a freshman, but once he gets stronger this offseason, he looks like he will be a very good college basketball player. He is a great scorer, great hustler and can rebound the ball.
In my opinion, all 4 of these guys are better for the Kansas system than Bragg. I felt as if Bragg was a good player his freshman year, but became a liability his sophomore year. Obviously, Bragg is a great player and will thrive elsewhere, and I hope he does, I wish him nothing but the best, but with the off the court distractions this year, and never finding his groove, it was time for both parties to move on.
Kansas is also recruiting JUCO player of the year, Shakur Juiston. The departing of Bragg could lead Juiston to Kansas.
UPDATE: Carlton Bragg has officially committed to Arizona State after his one visit at the school. Bragg will have to sit on Year but has 2 years of eligibility. He is in a prime time slot next year to start right away for the Sun Devils as they need Frontcourt. In the long run this is the best situation for Bragg and his future.
Basically the Jayhawks and Sun Devils traded Sam Cunliffe for Carlton Bragg if you go by technicality.
Best of luck CB. Kansas fans will love you forever. Rock Chalk forever!