Former University of Kansas men’s basketball player Christian Braun joined several other 2022 NBA Draft prospects while training with the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday in Indianapolis.
Braun, a 6-foot-7 guard who on May 24 finalized plans to keep his name in the draft rather than return for a fourth season at KU, drilled with Max Abmas of Oral Roberts, AJ Green from Northern Iowa, Grayson Murphy from Belmont, Sasha Stafanovic from Purdue and Dalen Terry from Arizona.
“It went well. It was good practice. It was competitive, lots of ups and downs. (I) shot well,” Braun said after practice in an interview. posted on the Pacers’ Twitter account.
Braun, who is considered a late first-round and early second-round pick, has worked for the Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers so far. That’s on top of playing in a pair of 5-on-5 games at the recent NBA Combine in Chicago.
“My athleticism and shows that I can knock down shots. I think that’s important to me,” said Braun, who averaged 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for KU’s 2021-22 national title team, when asked. what he had to show NBA officials during practices leading up to the June 23 draft in Brooklyn. , New York.
“I think they’ve seen everything else along the way (to the NCAA title). I think it’s important for me to hit shots and play my athleticism,” he added.
The Pacers own the sixth overall pick as well as the first and last picks in the second round.
Decision day for Wilson, McCullar
Meanwhile, Wednesday is the day KU forward Jalen Wilson and former Texas Tech guard Kevin McCullar are expected to announce whether they will continue their college careers at KU in 2022-23 or stay in the draft.
College players who have declared themselves for the NBA draft have until 11 p.m. central time Wednesday to remove their names from the draft pool if they wish to continue their college careers.
According to Yahoo Sports, Wilson, a 6-8 redshirt future junior from Denton, Texas, has met in recent weeks with officials from the San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and of the Golden State Warriors. , Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Wilson practiced for the Bucks Tuesday in Milwaukee.
Wilson’s name does not appear in the fictional two-round drafts despite playing well at the NBA G League Elite Camp and NBA Combine. He had 7 of 11 threes in two games at Elite Camp, scoring a game-high 18 points in one of two 5-on-5 games. At the Combine, he was 1-of-7 from three in two games, averaging just under 10 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
McCullar, a 6-6 guard who wore a redshirt one year at Texas Tech and then played the past three seasons, announced May 19 that he would move to KU if he left the draft.
He played one match at the G League Elite Camp, but was not invited to participate in the Combine.
McCullar worked for the Utah Jazz, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets according to Stockrisers.com. McCullar also worked for Boston according to his own Twitter post.