As we discussed yesterday the July evaluation period of recruiting began on Wednesday, and John Groce was getting it started by checking in on 2015 5-star power forward Carlton Bragg in Indianapolis at the Adidas Invitational. Well, while Groce -- or any coach for that matter -- isn't allowed to have face-to-face contact off campus during an evaluation period, that doesn't mean the media isn't allowed to talk to the recruits.
And Bragg talked with the Indy Star's Kyle Neddenriep about his visits to both Illinois and Ohio State. Bragg told Neddenriep that he was "wowed" by his visit to Illinois and that Ohio State "feels like family."
Bragg also gave a little insight to the approach that John Groce is taking trying to convince him to leave Ohio for Champaign.
"Illinois is trying to get a national championship," said Bragg. "That’s what they told me. I’m the missing piece of it. They want me to come down and commit. We’ll see."
As John Groce said last week, the 2015 class is the one in which he feels that his staff hasn't had to catch up to anybody in, and that he thinks will be the difference maker. Both because of time spent working on it and the available scholarships, as Illinois will have at least five scholarships to hand out in the class. Maybe even more depending on transfers.
Considering his size, ability and potential, you can be sure that Carlton Bragg is the name you're going to keep hearing about as Groce looks to put this class together.