A few of the parents of the top prospects took Twitter by storm Thursday in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, but perhaps none more so than former Kansas guard Christian Braun’s mother.
Braun, who was selected 21st overall by the Nuggets, hugged his family inside Barclays Center after learning of his plight in the NBA, with cameras – and social media – catching a glimpse of his biggest fan, mum Lisa.
As Braun’s mother became a topic of discussion on social media, a family member (Owen Gish) reacted to a story that she would become the star of the draft, to which his apparent Twitter account replied“You know O.”
Cameras captured Braun, a 6ft 6in athlete who played three seasons for the Jayhawks, hugging Lisa, who wore a red dress for her son’s big night.
Basketball has long been a part of Braun’s family, as Lisa played at Missouri and her husband, Don, played at St. Louis University. Braun, who is one of three siblings, takes after her mother the most, according to Don.
“I think anyone who saw her play back then knows toughness is how he was brought up,” Don told Kansas affiliate WIBW in March. “I don’t think anyone who plays for [Kansas coach] Bill Self isn’t on the floor unless they’re tough.
Lisa expressed how “ecstatic” she was to watch Braun “grow and improve.”
“That’s what you always want for your child or any athlete,” she said. “And I think the team as a whole did that. I think he did his job and his diligence to make a difference in the team and to improve their skill level.
Braun averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists during his junior season when the Jayhawks won the national championship.