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Posted On: 12/14/17 4:42 PM
One of Kansas’ premier big men, Blue Valley Norhwest 2018 forward Parker Braun is putting together a strong start to his senior season.
At 6’8, Braun is known for his shot blocking presence, electric slam dunks and an emerging stretch 4 game.
“I would describe my game as sort of defensively centered I love that side of the ball and with energy and good defense offense comes with great teammates,” he says.
Braun spent the offseason competing for MoKan Elite 17U squad as part of the Nike EYBL circuit backing up Mizzou freshman Johntay Porter and playing key minutes off the bench.
“Ihad a great experience this summer with my guys at MoKan and I really learned a lot from them and the EYBL was an awesome experience as I learned what’s out there,” Braun said.
Although Blue Valley Northwest has started the season slow with some close games and a loss to Hazelwood Central (Mo.), Braun says the Huskies are excited about the season as they field a young, but talented squad.
“I’m excited for our high school team the season is pretty young, but I still think we haven’t even touched what we can be we have a lot of guys who love basketball and know how to play the right way,” he said.
Braun said his parents have had the biggest influence on his basketball career to date.
“They have always been there for me all my life including basketball they coached me growing up and still go to every game giving their two cents after,” Braun said. “And they of course want the best for me so i have trust them and listen.”
Braun is continuing to work on his offensive game. He has shown the ability to knock down outside shots and projects as a possible stretch 4 who can also defend the basket — a rare commodity at the next level.
However, he also has shown an emerging post game, able to knock down short hook shots in the post.
“I’m trying to work on my overall offensive game hopefully developing an outside presence with ball handling and shooting but also a back to the basket pick and roll game also,” Braun said.
He currently holds NCAA Division I offers from Wisconsin-Milwaukee and SEMO
“I’m looking forward to a good season and see what the future holds,” he says.