Braggs playing in Spain
Xavier grad has "unique situation"

Tuesday, August 25, 1998

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Torraye Braggs is not sitting around waiting for the NBA lockout to end. The recent Xavier graduate is kicking off his pro career in another country.

Braggs, who was picked in the second round of the NBA draft in June by the Utah Jazz, is in Cantabria, Spain, practicing with his new team, which begins its season next week.

The 6-foot-8 power forward has signed a contract that lasts until the end of September, then will go week-to-week depending on the status of the NBA season.

"We've got a really unique situation that's turned out great," Braggs' agent Mark Bartelstein said Monday.

"It's really worked out terrific. He'll do well financially, be able to play to keep himself in shape and still not give up anything in terms of the NBA with Utah."

The Jazz selected Braggs with the 57th overall draft pick and are hoping he can become the backup for perennial All-Star Karl Malone.

Bartelstein, who also represents former Musketeers Tyrone Hill and Brian Grant, said that if the NBA lockout ends and training camps begin on schedule in October, Braggs will be back in time to attend from the start.

Before he left for Spain, Braggs attended Adrian Dantley's camp for post players in Las Vegas.

"I think he was excited to play," Bartelstein said. "I talked to him over the weekend and he sounds very happy with everything." Larry Sykes, another former Xavier player, is playing in Cadiz, Spain.