Just hours before the Kansas Jayhawks beat the North Carolina Tar Heels for the 2022 NCAA men’s basketball championship, Blue Valley Northwest High School declared Monday, April 4, as “Christian Braun Day.”
Principal Amy Pressly announced Monday, April 4 will be declared Christian Braun Day in honor of @KUHoops playing for the NCAA national title. Students should wear red and blue to support Christian and KU as they compete. (Photo by @EmilyFarthing3) pic.twitter.com/UDQB2yishb
— BVNWnews (@bvnwnews) April 3, 2022
Why it matters: Braun, a BV Northwest graduate, is the first ever alumni from the school to play in the championship game, according to the high school’s athletics department.
He scored 12 points and had 12 rebounds in Monday’s victory over North Carolina.
The details: Students and faculty wore KU’s signature red and blue colors to school Monday to show their support for Braun and the Jayhawks as they compete for a National Championship in New Orleans.
— BVNW Activities (@BVNW_Activities) April 4, 2022
He had a decorated high school career, leading the Huskies to three Kansas Class 6A titles. He averaged more than 27 points and 9 rebounds a game his senior year.
Braun was named Mr. Kansas Basketball in 2019. The award recognizes the best high school basketball player in the state of Kansas as voted on by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
Also that year, Braun was awarded the title of Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year.
Besides KU guard Christ Teahan, Braun is the only Kansas native on the Jayhawks roster this season.
As CBS Sports noted, Braun is a “BIG Kansas guy.”
Christian Braun = BIG Kansas guy pic.twitter.com/FmBSCkTEyd
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 5, 2022