NBA mock drafts for KU’s Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun

KU teammates Christian Braun (left) and Ochai Agbaji celebrate the Jayhawks' 70-63 overtime win over Texas on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse (March 5, 2022).

KU teammates Christian Braun (left) and Ochai Agbaji celebrate the Jayhawks’ 70-63 overtime win over Texas on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse (March 5, 2022).

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Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji opens the week of the 2022 NBA draft, considered a possible lottery pick and safe first-round pick, while national title teammate Christian Braun checks in via various projections as either a late first or early second round.

Agbaji, a 22-year-old security guard, is one of 20 prospects invited to the Green Room at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, during Thursday night’s draft (6:30 p.m., first round on ABC, both rounds on ESPN). will. He is projected in ESPN.com’s latest mock draft, which is taken by Cleveland at No. 14 overall.

This is the final selection of the lottery, which consists of the teams that did not qualify for this season’s playoffs.

“The Cavs will be looking to add size and perimeter shooting on the wing this offseason, both freehand and in draft. Agbaji, one of the top shooters in the draft with a 6-10 span and a chiseled frame, projects as a plug-and-play 3-and-D prospect who should be ready immediately after winning the All-America honors and his coming to contribute from a national championship in which he won the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four for Kansas,” ESPN.com’s Jonathan Givony wrote on Wednesday.

Agbaji, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound KU and Oak Park High School graduate, played four seasons at KU and is considered ready to contribute to an NBA team during his rookie season.

Braun, a 6-7, 220-pound shooting guard who decided to turn pro after three seasons at KU, is predicted by ESPN.com’s Givony as the second-round pick of the Orlando Magic. KU’s David McCormack, Remy Martin, Mitch Lightfoot and Jalen Coleman-Lands are not currently listed as possible draft picks by ESPN.com or any of the other pseudo-draft sites.

CBSsports.com mentions Jayhawks

CBSsports.com’s David Cobb updated his mock draft on Sunday. Like ESPN’s Givony, he brought Agbaji to Cleveland as the No. 14 overall draft pick.

“A solid NBA starter may be his ceiling, but the progression that Agabji showed from his junior to senior seasons demonstrated his unrelenting work ethic and ability to improve,” Cobb wrote.

Cobb believes the 21-year-old Braun will be picked 27th overall by the Miami Heat.

“Braun is a dynamic forward who can defend 1 to 4, knock down threes and reach the basket. By turning down another season in Kansas where he could have been a superstar, Braun has bet on himself,” Cobb wrote.

Two other CBS analysts revealed their mock draft picks on Friday.

Kyle Boone sent Agbaji to the Los Angeles Clippers in 14th place after Cleveland and Braun in 13th place of the second round. Gary Parrish took Washington Wizards’ Agbaji to 10th overall and Braun to 25th from the San Antonio Spurs.

Hoopshype.com updates its mock draft

Hoopshype.com published its latest mock draft on Saturday. Agbaji is expected to be 16th overall by the Atlanta Hawks and Braun the fifth pick of the second round by the Orlando Magic.

Agbaji to sorcerers? brown to thunder?

NBAdraft.net’s mock draft, updated Sunday, projects Agbaji as the #10 first-round pick for the Washington Wizards and Braun as the fourth-round second pick for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Here are projections from Sporting News

Reporter Kyle Irving’s Sportingnews.com mock draft, also updated Sunday, shows that Agbaji is ranked 15th overall by the Charlotte Hornets.

“In this scenario, the Hornets fill their biggest gap with (Dukes) Mark Williams at pick #13 so they can add a little more chord at 15. Agbaji would be a great contender for a LaMelo Ball caliber playmaker as a fast and athletic forward who can run the lane, make cuts and clear the ground as a perimeter shooter,” Irving wrote. by TSN. “As a senior player who is one of the better 3-and-D candidates this draft, Agbaji will be immediately ready to enter an NBA rotation, which fits Charlotte’s schedule after losing back-to-back in the Play-In tournament seasons.”

The Sporting News lists Braun as the Denver Nuggets’ last pick of the first round (30th overall).

“The Nuggets acquired this pickaxe from the Thunder and I could see that they were targeting chord – particularly with gunners and cutters – to complement Jokic,” Irving wrote. “Braun is the type of 3-and-D player who could play off against a Nikola Jokic-caliber playmaker. He has great instincts as an editor and rebounds at high levels. He put down 38% of his three-pointers during his three seasons in Kansas and was a key cog in their national championship run last year. Braun does all the little things to help a team and the Nuggets could use a player who plays basketball the way he does as they look to come on immediately when they return to full strength next season.” , added Irving.

Incidentally, most outlets plan to update their projection designs throughout the week.

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Gary Bedore covers all aspects of Kansas basketball for The Star—the current team, past players and coaches, and recruiting. He attended KU and was born and raised in Chicago and Lisle, Illinois.

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