May will be all about the NBA for University of Kansas basketball players Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson. They have until June 1 to decide if they want to keep their name in the 2022 draft pool or return to Lawrence to continue their college careers.
“I’m just open-minded. I have two great options. I’m really in a good place whether I go or stay,” Braun, a 6-foot-7, 218-pound junior guard, said Sunday during KU’s Barnstorming Tour stop at his alma mater, Blue Valley Northwest. Highschool.
He was taking a break this weekend after training with other college players in Santa Barbara, Calif. One-on-one sessions with NBA teams will be set up shortly ahead of the June 1 deadline and June 23 draft.
“You get a plan together. I have things I need to work on – my shooting, getting shots,” Braun said Sunday. “Obviously you have a checklist of things you need to improve on. I will continue to improve in these areas,” he added.
Braun said ultimately “you get together with your family, talk about what’s best for you, and make a decision.”
Meanwhile, Wilson, the 6-foot-8, 225-pound KU sophomore forward from Denton, Texas, has been training with fellow college players/NBA prospects in Dallas as he gearing up for a busy month of NBA interviews/tryouts.
“Of course I can come back (to KU). That’s why I kept my eligibility (intact by signing with an NCAA certified agent). I will never close the door. I never know what God has for me, so I will always keep that door open,” Wilson said of college.
Wilson said his current plan is to “go through the process, hear what I need to hear (from NBA officials), go to practices. If they say I can’t do something, go to a practice and show that I can. Go from there and get some feedback.
Wilson also tested the NBA draft waters a year ago before opting to return to KU. for a season that culminated in a national championship.
” I did not hear anything. I’m supposed to hear that probably in a week or two,” Wilson said of his possible position in the 2022 draft. “I’m going to practice for some teams (and hear what they have to say).
Braun – he’s been listed as a possible first-round pick in some mock drafts, while Wilson so far hasn’t been included in the mocks – smiled and cracked a joke, being asked if he had heard if he was a first- or second-round pick. .
“No. I think it actually happens on draft day. They call your name. That’s when you find out if you’re selected,” he said.
For now, Braun and Wilson will be busy auditioning for NBA teams while making as many Barnstorming Tour stops as possible. Braun was happy to be at his high school’s alma mater on Sunday.
The tour will visit Rockhurst High School on May 6, Dodge City Convention Center on May 7 and Pembroke Hill on May 8.
“People here (at BV Northwest) have treated me well. Everyone in this building impacted me in some way. To be back in this hall, doing a show for the people I really care about and who care about me, it’s great to be able to share with these guys,” Braun said of his return to BV Northwest. .
“It feels good to see all these guys seeing where I went to high school. Doing stuff with these guys… we’re enjoying these last moments together as a team. It was fun.” Braun added.
Wilson said: “It’s fun to see his (Braun) upbringing, to walk around and meet people who were part of his childhood. It was part of his process. It’s always good to come back and help our brother.