ALBUQUERQUE, NM. — Paul Weir is at it again on the transfer market.
The New Mexico Lobos already have a pair of power conference transfers entering the fold next season. JaQuan Lyle, who transferred from the Ohio State Buckeyes, and Vance Jackson, formerly of the Connecticut Huskies, will both become eligible for the Lobos during the 2018-19 season.
On Thursday, Weir added another piece to the puzzle, and this one is a big piece that brings with him a ton of potential.
Transfer Carlton Bragg Jr. has committed to play for Paul Weir and the New Mexico Lobos. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.
Bragg opened his career with the Kansas Jayhawks, where he played two seasons before transferring following his sophomore season in 2016-17. In his second season in Lawrence, KS, Bragg averaged 5.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in just shy of 14 minutes of floor time per outing.
He was a 2015 McDonald’s All American, and was the 21st-ranked recruit in the Class of 2015 by ESPN. Several members of the 2015 recruiting class who were ranked lower than Bragg have made names for themselves in the NCAA.
After transferring from Kansas, the 6’9” Bragg committed to the Arizona State Sun Devils over the likes of the Cincinnati Bearcats and Illinois Fighting Illini. He was a part of the team’s preseason trip to Barcelona and Rome, but the relationship turned sour from there.
He wasn’t a part of the team’s Mill Madness event that kicked off the 2017-18 campaign in October. Early reports indicated that he was taking a leave of absence from the program for personal reasons. The decision to transfer from the program wasn’t unexpected, and came at the start of 2018.
Now, he joins a New Mexico program, one where he feels he can produce and live up to his pro potential. Bragg tweeted out the following text and graphic on Thursday afternoon:
Bragg has a ton of potential, and it’s refreshing to hear that he’s found a place where he feels like he can help a program and fit in from the outset.
With Bragg now in the mix, the Lobos could have an intriguing roster come conference play during the 2018-19 season.
Only time will tell how this all plays out. But, there is a positive buzz in Albuquerque surrounding the future of the New Mexico men’s basketball program. Look for the Lobos to rise in the Mountain West Conference if all goes according to plan.
– T. Bennett