Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Recruit's Do-Over Fine with Kansas ; Bragg Becomes First KU Commit for Class of 2015

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Recruit's Do-Over Fine with Kansas ; Bragg Becomes First KU Commit for Class of 2015

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Carlton Bragg might have accomplished a recruiting first Thursday afternoon, saying he was committing to one school while putting on the hat of another.

When it was all over, though, the 6-foot-9 forward from Cleveland made it clear he was becoming a Kansas Jayhawk, becoming the first commit for coach Bill Self in the class of 2015.

"When I went to Late Night in the Phog, that's when everything changed," Bragg said. "It was a great experience."

Bragg chose KU over finalists Kentucky and Illinois. He's ranked as the 14th-best player and third-best power forward in his class, according to Rivals.com.

Bragg, who wore a suit coat and red tie to his announcement, was visibly nervous before the big moment.

As he pulled out a KU hat to put on his head, Bragg confused reporters and those watching an online video stream when he said, "Next year I'll be playing ... for the University of Kentucky."

Realizing his mistake, Bragg put both hands over his eyes before correcting himself.

"Kansas. I'm sorry."

After a few awkward seconds, Bragg was asked to redo his announcement for the video cameras. The second time he aced it, leading to a loud cheer from those in attendance.

One of the turning points in Bragg's recruitment was a gathering at Self's house during his visit.

"I felt the brotherly love they had, and I felt comfortable around the guys," Bragg said. "That's when I knew I could be there."

Bragg's commitment provides KU with additional frontcourt depth for next season -- something that will be especially needed if freshman Cliff Alexander decides to turn pro.

Eric Bossi, national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, said there are similarities between Bragg's skillset and that of former KU forward Darrell Arthur.

"He shoots the ball pretty well and is definitely a very good athlete," Bossi said. …

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