Carlton Bragg doesn’t wear a cape, but Lobo fans are hoping he has super powers on the basketball court. The Kansas and Arizona State transfer will finally get a chance to suit up for the Lobos Sunday when they host Central Arkansas.
“I am just excited to play man, you just don’t understand yet,” said Bragg. “I mean it’s been like a year and a half. You know it’s going to be a little emotional game for me, but I got my head on straight.”
Bragg celebrated his 23rd birthday Friday, and is looking at his chance to finally play like a birthday gift. Lobo fans see it as a gift to them because the team is in the midst of a three game losing skid that dropped their record to 4-4.
“I think just having a big that can consistently finish around the rim with his size and strength will improve our ability to finish around the rim, which we are kind of having issues with,” said Lobos Head Coach Paul Weir. ” I think he will protect the rim as well.”
The 2015 McDonald’s All American worked on his body during his time waiting to play. Bragg has lost a whopping 43 pounds since arriving on the New Mexico campus.
“I feel better, I look great, you know that’s the best thing about it,” said Bragg.
Coach Weir is impressed with how hard Bragg worked to get his body in shape. He has come a long way,” said Weir. “His body, the way he is moving, everything, and I think that’s even giving him a much better spirit here of late.”
The Lobos and Central Arkansas have a 2 p.m. start time at Dreamstyle Arena Sunday.