ASU basketball has received a commitment from Carlton Bragg.
Carlton Bragg, a 6-10 forward formerly at Kansas, is transferring to Arizona State.
Bragg committed to ASU on Tuesday, a day after completing his campus visit. His other transfer finalists were Illinois, Xavier, Cincinnati and North Carolina State.
“It’s a fresh start for Carlton,” said Michael Graves, assistant coach at Bragg’s high school who has helped him through the transfer. “It was a tough process, but we got through it. Now he’s looking toward heading down there for the second summer session to get going with the books toward his degree.”
Graves said he has his relationship with ASU assistant coach Anthony Coleman was a factor in the choice.
“Carlton liked the atmosphere, style of play and vision coach Hurley had for him. Coach Hurley’s had some ups and downs and can relate to Carlton and his situation. He’s trying to change the culture of the (ASU) program and get things on the right path and wants Carlton. We still love Kansas and appreciate everything they did for him to put him in position to succeed at his next school. There’s not too many times you get a second chance at something.”
ASU will play a home-and-home series against Kansas in the next two seasons with the first game in Lawrence and the return in Tempe when Bragg is eligible in 2018-19.
Bragg, a 2015 McDonald’s High School All-America, played two years at Kansas out of a high school in Cleveland. He must sit out in 2017-18 then will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Bragg averaged 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds then 5.2 points/4.1 rebounds as a sophomore. He was suspended for four games in 2016-17 and did not play in the Jayhawks’ season-ending NCAA Elite Eight loss to Oregon.
Bragg’s off-court problems
Off the court, Bragg was suspended in December because of a misdemeanor battery charge that was later dismissed.
In February, he was granted diversion by a Lawrence (Kan.) municipal court after being charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. If Bragg completes the six-month diversion requirements, the case will be dismissed.
Bragg joins 6-9 forward Zylan Cheatham (from San Diego State) and 6-4 guard Rob Edwards (Cleveland State) as transfers to ASU who will sit out in the coming season.
ASU guard Sam Cunliffe transferred to Kansas this season after playing just 10 games as a freshman with the Sun Devils.
ASU roster update
ASU now has a full complement of 13 scholarship players with 10 of those eligible to play in 2017-18. The scholarship players going into Hurley’s third season are: Tra Holder, Shannon Evans, Kodi Justice, Romello White, Vitaliy Shibel, Ramon Vila, Mickey Mitchell, Remy Martin, Kimani Lawrence, De’Quon Lake, Cheatham, Edwards and Bragg.
Mitchell is a transfer from Ohio State who is at ASU this semester and will be eligible in December. Lake is a junior college transfer. Martin and Lawrence are incoming freshman. White and Shibel sat out 2016-17 because of eligibility and injury.
Holder, Evans and Justice were starters on a 15-18 team with Vila playing off the bench.