Valley News Live had a chance to catch up with the Summit League Player of the Year today to talk about his NBA workouts and what he's expecting as today unfolds.
When Taylor Braun came to NDSU he came with a now well publicized chip on his shoulder and even despite his success and recognition as he wrapped up his college career, he's managed to hold that chip for the better.
"Since I was in high school I played with a chip on my shoulder and that's helped me to get where I am today and give me that edge when I am playing," Braun explained.
For nearly four months Braun has been traveling from Utah to Indiana to Dallas to Minnesota. He's worked out for nine different NBA teams and shared the court with some top first round prospects.
"Being in the gym every day with Doug McDermott, Nick Stauskas, Adreian Payne; some really high profile players," Braun described, "It definitely took some time to get used to. It's helped my confidence knowing that I can compete with them and hold my own against them. The big thing I've noticed is they get a lot of attention and publicity and all this stuff but when you get right down to it they're the same age as me. They're working just as hard as me and I don't see too much difference between them and myself."
Braun signed with Priority Sports, the same agency that represents Ben Woodside and after particularly good workouts in Dallas and Detroit, Braun says he got some feedback that he can expect maybe late second round or a quick call in free agency.
"Either way I'll have an opportunity somewhere," Braun confirmed. "I've put in a lot of hard work. I've shown these teams what I can do but it's out of my hands right now."
As he looks to move forward with his career the experience at NDSU and the opportunity that propelled him to this point are far from lost on the young talent.
"I've grown a ton as a basketball player and as a person since I've been here in the last five years," Braun shared. "My experience here has been unbelievable and that's a huge part of why I'm here now."