It isn't often that you hear big-time prospects say that they learned something from one of their contemporaries, but five-star Carlton Bragg credited one of the top players in his class for helping him out.
A 6-foot-9 power forward from Cleveland (Ohio) Villa Angela St. Joseph, Bragg is the No. 10 player in the rising senior class, and while he had been having a good spring and summer so far, he hadn't quite played up to his potential.
Over the weekend at the NBPA Top 100 camp Bragg had a matchup with a fellow five-star who taught him a lesson and helped to turn around his play at camp.
"The camp was very competitive, but when I played Ben Simmons, he set the tone for me," Bragg said. "He showed some leadership about how to play to me, and I took the lead and came out and had a big one in the next game."
In fact, Bragg had multiple big games at the NBPA Top 100 camp over the weekend, and they came at a good time too. In danger of slipping a bit when the rankings get updated later this week, Bragg showed everything that he is capable of. He focused on playing to his strength and athleticism on the interior but also showed what he can do facing the basket.
Bragg's face-up game has been an area of focus for a while now.
"My perimeter game, stepping out, taking people off the dribble and coming off screens has improved," said Bragg. "I'm not a shooting guard, but I'm working on shooting guard things."
On the recruiting front, Bragg has heard from numerous schools and threw out Louisville, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona and Ohio State as some of the schools giving chase. He was non-committal about having a leader, but he is looking to solidify his list and make a move toward a decision in the relatively near future.
"I'm just in the process, nobody is the favorite right now," said Brag. "By September 1st, I want to narrow it to five.
"I'm going to go by my mom and coaches giving their opinion on the best fits. It's going to be really tough to cut down, though."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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