KU’s Christian Braun shouted to the crowd after shooting and being fouled in the second half of Monday night’s NCAA Championship game at the Superdome in New Orleans. KU defeated North Carolina 72-69 (April 4, 2022).

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Former Kansas men’s basketball guard Christian Braun scored 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting in the Denver Nuggets’ 97-71 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday at NBA 2K23 Summer League in Las Vegas .

Braun, 6-foot-7, 21, the 21st overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft, was 2 of 4 from three and 1 of 2 on the line. He also had six rebounds, six assists, four steals, four turnovers and a blocked shot in 24 minutes for (2-2) Denver.

Braun broke something of a slump on shots taken from beyond the arc. He has entered 1 of 20 games in three of the Nuggets’ first three summer league games.

Braun is now 3 of 24 from three for 12.5 percent for the Nuggets who still have one game to play in Vegas.

Overall, the Blue Valley Northwest grad averaged 11.8 points per game on 30.4 percent shooting (17 of 56). He is 10 out of 18 from the line for 55.6%. Braun grabbed 6.0 rebounds per game with 4.5 assists to 2.5 turnovers.

Ryan Blackburn of milehighhoops.com isn’t concerned about Braun’s shooting percentages in summer league games, which are designed to slowly acclimate rookies and free agents to pro basketball.

“Fortunately for Braun, there’s pretty strong evidence that the number of outside shots doesn’t really matter in the Summer League. Zeke Nnaji shot an absolutely horrible percentage on outside shots last summer and reached 46.9% from his three in the 2021-22 regular season,” Blackburn wrote after the Nuggets’ second summer game. Braun at that time was 1-15 from three.

“Role changes and comfort levels will shift dramatically from a summer setting to a professional setting, and as Braun continues to find its niche, it’s possible the three-pointer will also return to the center of attention a bit. I’d bet it’s likely,” Blackburn added.

“Summer League is of course a time to overreact, but with Braun it’s hard to overreact about a lot. What he’s shown so far should give Nuggets fans a little optimism about his ability to play rotational minutes sooner rather than later Most of his minutes will be tied to how he impacts the defensive end, but there’s no doubt he can now have a impact on the game in transition while using his cut and shots to keep his offense above water. Is that enough to guarantee he plays playoff minutes? It’s of course far too early to But it’s really fun to think about Braun’s next April, May and June while we’re still in July,” Blackburn continued.

Braun – he averaged 14.1 points on 49.5% shooting (38.6% on three; 73.3% from the line) for the 2022 KU National Championship team – told a reporter of official KU Twitter account only during these games in Las Vegas, he can “do a little more than in the past, just because it’s summer league. I can experiment a bit and stay (still) true to who I am. I want to win games, get to know my teammates, show my personality, finish maybe shooting a little better than I was.

Also on Friday, former KU goaltender Devon Dotson did not play (coach’s decision) in the Washington Wizards’ 97-79 win over the Indiana Pacers. And former KU goalie Marcus Garrett also didn’t play (coach’s decision) in Miami’s 88-78 loss to Toronto. Dotson, a third-year pro, and Garrett, a second-year pro, are trying to secure guaranteed contracts with the Wizards and Heat respectively.

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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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