LAWRENCE — The NBA’s draft combine this past week in Chicago saw Kansas represented by Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson.
It’s an event that came with its share of testing, scrimmaging Thursday and Friday and more. Agbaji and Braun both went through some testing. Wilson, who was also at the NBA G League Elite Camp earlier in the week, and Braun both played in the scrimmages. And, among the other activities they were a part of, it allowed the trio that helped deliver the Jayhawks their latest national championship this past college season another chance to be evaluated by professional organizations.
Here’s a look at how Agbaji, Braun and Wilson all did, along with some thoughts from Kansas coach Bill Self. Self appeared during the broadcast of the event on Thursday, which began on ESPNews and then moved to ESPN2, and shared his perspective on his guys.
Strength and agility
Lane agility time: 10.77 seconds
Shuttle run: 3.11 seconds
Three-quarter sprint: 3.13 seconds
Standing vertical leap: 32 inches
Max vertical leap: 39 inches
body fat: 5.4%
hand length: 8.75 inches
hand width: 9.5 inches
Height without shoes: 6 feet and 4.5 inches
Height with shoes: 6 feet and 5.75 inches
Standing reach: 8 feet and 8 inches
Weight: 216.8 pounds
wingspan: 6 feet and 10.25 inches
Self once again praised the type of season Agbaji just had, and compared it to one Frank Mason III had for the Jayhawks in the past. Self considered their respective seasons the best two he’s seen anyone have as Kansas’ head coach. And Self highlighted how well Agbaji can shoot the ball, too.
Self though Agbaji benefited this past season from being able to go through the draft process last year. Self thinks Agbaji was able to learn some things about his game, and his mental approach, that allowed him to take both to another level. Self isn’t sure Agbaji would have learned those lessons without going through the process with “both feet in” in 2021, like Braun and Wilson are both doing in 2022.
Strength and agility
Lane agility time: 11 seconds
Shuttle run: 3.13 seconds
Three-quarter sprint: 3.16 seconds
Standing vertical leap: 33.5 inches
Max vertical leap: 40 inches
body fat: 6.2%
hand length: 8 inches
hand width: 8.5 inches
Height without shoes: 6 feet and 5.5 inches
Height with shoes: 6 feet and 7 inches
Standing reach: 8 feet and 3.5 inches
Weight: 209.2 pounds
wingspan: 6 feet and 6.5 inches
Braun averaged 11.5 points 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and three steals per game across two scrimmage appearances. He shot 9-for-28 from the field, 4-for-11 from behind the arc and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line.
Self described Braun as the Jayhawks’ “swag guy,” and someone with an unbelievable amount of confidence who can defend. Not only does Self consider Braun a player who can really shoot the ball, but a talent who is big, strong, bouncy and a terrific teammate.
Wilson averaged 9.5 points, six rebounds and four assists per game across two scrimmage appearances. He shot 6-for-21 from the field, 1-for-7 from behind the arc and 6-for-8 from the free-throw line.
Self described Wilson as someone who has size, who can rebound and who can bring the ball up in transition. Self allowed that while Wilson was a bit inconsistent shooting the ball at Kansas, if he can be consistent with that he can make any team better.
Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.