New Mexico has removed senior Carlton Bragg from the team, according in an email sent by coach Paul Weir to the Albuquerque Journal. The statement comes after Bragg was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana under 1 ounce. The senior had just returned to the team after serving a three game suspension related to sexual assault allegations made against him by a fellow student. He has not been charged regarding the alleged incident, but the police are still investigating the matter.
Starting his career at Kansas as one of the top rated recruits in the country, he opted to transfer after his sophomore year and head to Arizona State. Without every playing a game for the Sun Devils he was removed from the team during the first semester for a unspecified team rule violation. There were high hopes early in his career with good size at 6’10” and a skill set that saw him make plays inside of the paint and on the perimeter while in high school and on the AAU circuit. While he has not lived up to the hype that followed him to the Kansas campus as a freshman, since transferring to New Mexico he has been effective on the floor despite the off the court troubles. Bragg was averaging 12.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 26.9 minutes per game this season.