The Kansas Jayhawks got their first commitment for the 2019 season in the form of four-star shooting guard/small forward hybrid Christian Braun. Braun is a local talent from Blue Valley Northwest in Overland, Kansas. Braun stands at 6-foot-6 and weighs about 180 pounds.
Braun’s older brother is a preferred walk-on at Missouri and his father is an alumnus at Kansas.
Coming off his junior season, Braun has helped lead his high school to two state championships in both 2017 and 2018.
In his freshman season, Braun will likely not make a big impact, only playing “garbage time” minutes. Although, Braun does still have a year left in high school and could make big jumps in his playing abilities.
Braun’s impact won’t likely come until his sophomore season and most notably his junior year. Kansas coach Bill Self loves players like Braun, guards who are big but can still shoot the ball. By the time his junior year rolls around, players such as KJ Lawson, Quentin Grimes and Charlie Moore will be long gone, meaning the only other player competing for Braun’s starting spot will be Ochai Agbaji and any other recruits the Jayhawks pull in.
Braun is not currently an NBA radars, but his time as a Jayhawk could potentially change that. Self is plenty capable of developing players (Devonte’ Graham and Frank Mason III) and making them NBA material. For Braun to become an NBA prospect however, he will need to wait his turn.
Self does not typically play freshman unless they are one-and-done guys, which means Braun will have to sit on the bench for a while before he makes consistent appearances in games. However, if Braun can live up to his potential and develop under Bill Self, do not be surprised if Braun makes an NBA roster one day.
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