KU Jayhawks Braun, Wilson discuss college, NBA Draft


Kansas’ Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson have a good time after North Carolina turned the ball over late within the second half of the nationwide championship sport on the Superdome in New Orleans on Monday night time. Kansas went on to win 72-69.

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The month of Might shall be all in regards to the NBA for College of Kansas basketball gamers Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson. They’ve till June 1 to resolve whether or not they want to preserve their names within the 2022 Draft pool or return to Lawrence to proceed their school careers.

“I’m just open minded. I’ve got two great options. I’m really in a good spot whether I go or stay,” Braun, a 6-foot-7, 218-pound junior guard mentioned Sunday throughout KU’s Barnstorming Tour cease at his alma mater, Blue Valley Northwest Excessive Faculty.

He was taking a break this weekend from figuring out with different school gamers in Santa Barbara, California. Particular person classes with NBA groups shall be arrange within the close to future upfront of the June 1 deadline and June 23 draft.

“You get a plan together. I have some stuff I need to work on — my shot, getting shots up,” Braun mentioned Sunday. “Obviously you have a checklist of things you’ve got to get better at. I’m going to continue to get better at those things,” he added.

Braun mentioned in the end “you get with your family, talk about what’s best for you and make a decision.”

In the meantime, Wilson, KU’s 6-foot-8, 225-pound third-year sophomore ahead from Denton, Texas, has been figuring out with fellow school gamers/NBA hopefuls in Dallas as he prepares for a busy month of NBA interviews/tryout classes.

“Of course I can come back (to KU). That’s why I kept my eligibility (intact by signing with an NCAA certified agent). I’m never going to close the door. I never know what God has for me so I’ll always keep that door open,” Wilson said of school.

Wilson mentioned his present plan is to “go through the process, hear what I need to hear (from NBA officials), going to workouts. If they say I can’t do something, go to a workout and show I can. Go from there and get feedback.”

Wilson additionally examined the NBA Draft waters a yr in the past earlier than electing to return to KU. for a season that culminated with a nationwide championship.

“I haven’t’ heard anything. I’m supposed to hear that probably in the next week or two,” Wilson mentioned of his attainable place within the 2022 Draft. “I’m going to work out for some teams (and hear what they have to say).”

Braun — he has been listed as a attainable first-round choose in some mock drafts, whereas Wilson so far has not been included within the mocks — grinned and cracked a joke was requested if he’s heard whether or not he’s a first- or second-round choose.

“No. I think that actually happens on draft day. They call your name out. That’s when you find out if you are selected,” he mentioned.

For now, Braun and Wilson shall be busy auditioning for NBA groups whereas additionally making as many Barnstorming Tour stops as attainable. Braun was completely satisfied to be at his highschool alma mater on Sunday.

The tour will head to Rockhurst Excessive Faculty on Might 6, Dodge Metropolis Conference Middle on Might 7 and Pembroke Hill on Might 8.

“The people here (at BV Northwest) treated me well. Everyone in this building has had an impact on me in some way. To be back in this hallway, to put on a show for the people I really care for and who care for me is awesome to get to share with these guys,” Braun mentioned of his return to BV Northwest.

“It feels good to have all these guys see where I went to high school. Doing stuff with these guys … we get to enjoy these last few times together as a team. It’s been fun.” Braun added.

Wilson mentioned: “It’s fun to see his (Braun) upbringing, getting to walk around and meet some people who were part of his growing up. This was part of his process. It’s always good to come back and help our brother out.”

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Gary Bedore covers all facets of Kansas basketball for The Star — the present workforce in addition to former gamers and coaches and recruiting. He attended KU and was born and raised in Chicago, in addition to Lisle, In poor health.

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