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Five-star 2015 forward cuts his list to five schools

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Class of 2015 Ohio native Carlton Bragg has been long regarded as one of the best players in the class and on Monday, the 6-foot-9 forward cut his list down to five schools.

Bragg took to Twitter to announce his final five schools, which feature some of the historically best college basketball programs in the country.

Regarded as the No. 14 prospect in the 2015 class, according to Rivals, Bragg is a top-ten talent in the class who is at-times plagued by inconsistent play. There are some games where Bragg looks like the best player on the floor and others in which he floats in and out due to a lack of effort and desire.

Still, any program in the country would be thrilled to have a forward with the kinds of tools that Bragg possesses and he averaged 15.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game on the adidas Gauntlet this spring with Ohio Basketball Club. Bragg also shot 49 percent from the field, 38 percent from the three-point line and 75 percent from the free-throw line and he has very good touch on his jumper.

Kentucky has long thought to be a favorite for Bragg, but Kansas got some chatter with Bragg this summer and Illinois has been in the picture for a long time as well. Those three schools were clearly going to be in Bragg’s top five since the summer and it will interesting to see if Arizona or UCLA can make up ground on the Cleveland native.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.