Here’s how KU Jayhawks Christian Braun, Jalen Wilson fared at NBA Combine on Friday

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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 during a 5-on-5 game at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

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

Braun, a 6-foot-7 senior-to-be guard out of Blue Valley Northwest High School,who has 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 Friday. He was 3-of-8 from three with two steals and one turnover in 28 minutes.

Wilson, a 6-8, Denton, Texas native, who was invited to participate at the combine after faring well at G League Elite Camp on Monday and Tuesday, hit 2 of 10 shots Friday. He was 1-of-3 from three. He had six assists against three turnovers in 30 minutes. Wilson, like Braun, has entered his name in the draft with the possibility 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 on Thursday scored six points with seven rebounds, six assists and four steals in a Team Johnson loss. For the two games this week, he is 9-of-26 shooting (34.6%) and 4-of-11 from three (36.4%). Wilson, who had 10 points and six boards in a Team Weaver loss on Thursday, is 6-of-21 shooting overall (28.6%) and 1-of-7 (14.3%) from three at the Combine.

Wilson has upcoming NBA workouts

Wilson at the combine told Krysten Peek of Yahoo Sports that he has 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 at the combine for interviews. He has upcoming workouts scheduled with the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves.

“Right now I’ve just been focusing on the NBA. I’ve been blessed to have this opportunity to showcase everything I can bring to the table,” Wilson told Andy Katz of the NCAA March Madness podcast and on Friday when asked about his future plans. “I’m not really leaning toward any way right now. I’m just focusing on this, talking to my family, my agent and everything else.”

Wilson was asked about former Texas Tech guard Kevin McCullar announcing plans to transfer to KU if McCullar pulls his name out of the draft pool by the June 1 deadline.

“He’s a great player, a tough guy. We always had battles with him, especially this past year, playing them three times all down to the wire. Great pickup,” Wilson said.

Braun ‘not worried’ about his status in draft

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

“I’m not too worried about that (draft position) right now. I’m trying to get better, make sure I’m ready to play at that level,” Braun said Friday. “Obviously you want to make sure your skills are at that level, make sure you are as prepared as possible, hopefully land in the right fit to make your career as long as possible. I’m not really 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 said: “Intangible things. Everybody at that level comes with a lot of talent, a lot of shot making, athleticism. I think I proved I’m an elite athlete and I think I bring intangibles. I think I bring personality to a team not a lot of guys can provide. Just winning at every level is also a plus obviously.”

Of the addition of McCullar, Braun said: “It’s awesome. He’s a great player. He plays good defense. You play at Tech, you know how to play defense. You are willing to do the right things. Kevin is a good guy, a good player. I’m happy for that and he’ll be great for Kansas basketball.”

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