Carlton Bragg: 2015 Elite Power Forward

OSU Logo(This is a guest post by Chris Kuhner, a future motsag basketball blogger)

While many Buckeye fans are anxiously awaiting the upcoming football season, Buckeye men’s Head Basketball Coach Thad Matta has his eyes set toward the future. After rounding out his coaching staff last week because of the departure of Chris Jent to the NBA (Sacramento Kings), all the focus now is on recruiting.

Matta’s 2014 class is already one of the nation’s best, with four commits on board. While the 2014 success has been great so far, Matta and his staff are not resting. They are already aggressively pursuing some of the nation’s elite prospects in the 2015 class.

At the top of that list is none other than Carlton Bragg, the super athletic 6-9, 220 pound power forward. Bragg hails from Villa Angela-St. Joseph in Cleveland, Ohio. He helped bring home the Ohio IV state championship after the school had not won it in 18 years. This is the same high school that also produced Buckeye greats Clark Kellogg and David Lighty. Not only is Bragg on the top of Ohio State’s wish list, he’s also on the wish list of schools from coast to coast. Most recruiting services have him as a national top 25 recruit in the class of 2015.

It’s easy to see why. As the game continues to move toward the perimeter, stretch fours and fives are becoming more valuable. Bragg is your quintessential stretch four. His ability to shoot the three pointer (shot over 50% last season) and put the ball on the floor makes him extremely difficult to guard. This is the kind of all-around offensive game coaches salivate over.

By nature, Bragg is reserved off the court. But on the court, his game speaks for itself. In a recent interview with 247’s Blue Devil Lair ($) , Bragg talked about his game and where he is at in the process:

BlueDevilLair: For those who haven’t been able to see you, give a scouting report to the fans.

Carlton Bragg: I just play like a big man and run the floor. I love to run the floor.

To read more of Carlton Bragg’s interview, please visit 247’s Blue Devil Lair ($).

Bragg has already been to Ohio State’s campus and is surely to make return visits as the process continues. His next scheduled event will be this upcoming week in Indianapolis at the Adidas Invitational. 2014 verbal commit Dave Bell (Garfield Heights HS) is also scheduled to attend. Hopefully Bell has a chance to let Bragg know how he feels about Ohio State.

Stay tuned, with a ton of major events in the coming month, Buckeye basketball recruiting is sure to pick up.


  1. Carlton is one of those special players that only comes along once every 1 or 2 years for Thad Matta lol just kidding… Seriously though he is a must get for Matta and will be a huge get for the Buckeyes if they can land the in-state star.

  2. His game looks surprisingly refined for his young age. Looks like he could be one-and-done, but that one year would be particularly fun.

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