TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - After scorching nets in Topeka for his high school career, Hayden's Levi Braun has decided he'd like to stay right in town to do it in college.
The city's leading scorer, who averaged 21.1 points per game, is one of three spring signees for Washburn men's basketball along with two Kansas City, Mo. guards in Ahmad Louis (Oak Park High School) and Tyler Nelson (Rockhurst High School).
"Levi is one of the the purest shooters that I've ever had the opportunity to recruit," Washburn head coach Brett Ballard said in a release. "He is an elite shooter, with deep range, but he was also the primary ball handler for his high school and AAU teams and lead the city in scoring this year, so he is not just a one trick pony.
"He is a gym rat and he will fit in well with the mentally of our current players."
Braun earned first team all-city, all-league and all-state honors this past season. The Wildcat guard also participated in the Kansas vs Missouri Borderline Showdown game.
Washburn also signed Connor Deffebaugh in the fall. He is a guard from Fayetteville, Ark. (Bentonville High School).
Here are comments from Ballard, via a Washburn athletics release, on Louis, Nelson and Deffebaugh:
Ballard on Louis: "Ahmad loves to compete and he will not back down from anyone. He has some of the same qualities that Javion Blake had with the way that he can shoot it and create his own shot; just a natural scorer. He can play as a combo guard, which gives us another ball handler and guard that can create for others."
Ballard on Nelson: "Tyler is a strong and athletically gifted player that comes in with a college-ready body. He is an elite shooter but also is comfortable putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim. Rockhurst high school always played a great schedule so Tyler has been in big games and is not afraid of the spotlight. He wants to play in big games and thrives in those situations."
Ballard on Deffebaugh: "Connor's father is a coach so he has been around the game and has a great understanding of what it takes to have success on the court. Connor is a high-level athlete and will impact that game with his ability to slash, rebound and defend. I like Swiss army knife guys that can impact the game in multiple ways and he is a guy that can fill up the stat sheet."