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Kansas’ Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson celebrate after North Carolina turned the ball over late in the second half of the National Championship game at the Superdome in New Orleans on Monday night. Kansas won 72-69.

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Kansas’ Christian Braun scored 17 points and grabbed four rebounds, while KU teammate Jalen Wilson contributed nine points and six boards in Team Weaver’s 113-107 loss to Team Johnson on Friday in a 5-on-5 match at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

Braun moved on to play for Wilson’s Team Weaver on Friday after playing for Team Johnson on Thursday at Wintrust Arena.

Braun, a 6-foot-7 future senior guard from Blue Valley Northwest High School, who entered his name in the 2022 NBA draft with the option of returning to school if he drops out of the draft by June 1 , hit 7 of 17 shots on Friday. He was 3 of 8 from three with two steals and a turnover in 28 minutes.

Wilson, a 6-8 Denton, Texas native who was invited to join the combine after doing well at G League Elite Camp on Monday and Tuesday, had 2 of 10 shots on Friday. He was 1 in 3 out of three. He had six assists against three turnovers in 30 minutes. Wilson, like Braun, entered his name in the draft with the option of returning to school.

Gonzaga’s Andrew Nembhard had 26 points and 11 assists, while Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Team Weaver. Gonzaga’s Drew Timme had 21 points to lead Team Johnson.

Braun scored six points on Thursday with seven rebounds, six assists and four steals in a loss for Team Johnson. For both games this week, he’s 9 of 26 shots (34.6%) and 4 of 11 on three (36.4%). Wilson, who had 10 points and six boards in a loss to Team Weaver on Thursday, is 6 of 21 total shots (28.6%) and 1 of 7 (14.3%) on three at the Combine.

Wilson has upcoming NBA workouts

Wilson at the combine said Krysten Peek of Yahoo Sports that he met with representatives of the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers during of interviews. He has upcoming practices with the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves.

“Right now, my focus is just on the NBA. I was lucky to have this opportunity to show everything I can bring to the table,” Wilson spoke to Andy Katz about the NCAA March Madness podcast and NCAA.com on Friday when asked about his future plans. “I’m not really leaning any way at the moment. I just focus on that, talking to my family, my agent and everything else.

Wilson was asked about former Texas Tech guard Kevin McCullar announcing his intention to transfer to KU if McCullar drops his name from the draft pool by the June 1 deadline.

“He’s a great player, a badass. We’ve always had battles with him, especially last year, playing them three times to the wire. Great pickup,” Wilson said.

Braun ‘not worried’ about his draft status

Braun was questioned by Katz Friday about KU coach Bill Self’s statement that Braun has first-round talent.

“I’m not too worried about it (draft position) right now. I’m trying to improve, make sure I’m ready to play at this level,” Braun said on Friday. “Obviously you want to make sure your skills are at that level, make sure you’re as prepared as possible, hopefully land in the right position to prolong your career for as long as possible. I’m not too worried about where I’m at. I’m just trying to get better every day.”

Asked what he brings to an NBA team, Braun replied, “Intangible things. Everyone at this level comes with a lot of talent, a lot of shooting, athleticism. I think I’ve proven that I’m an elite athlete and I think I bring intangibles. I think I bring personality to a team that few guys can offer. The simple fact of winning at all levels is also obviously a plus.

Of McCullar’s addition, Braun said, “It’s great. He’s a great player. He plays good defense. You play Tech, you know how to play defense. You are ready to do the right things. Kevin is a good guy, a good player. I’m happy for that and it will be great for Kansas basketball.

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Gary Bedore covers all aspects of Kansas basketball for The Star – the current team as well as former players and coaches and recruiting. He attended KU and was born and raised in Chicago, as well as Lisle, Ill.



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