Westwind Prep’s skilled 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior guard Josh Braun has recovered nicely from a knee injury that he suffered last spring - an injury that caused him to miss the remainder of the spring and also the summer evaluation period.
Braun returned to basketball action over the winter months, now a senior guard at Westwind Prep Academy and playing for Westwind's National Team. After playing three seasons at Boulder Creek HS, and helping lead the school to a state championship, Braun decided this summer to change programs and finish at Westwind Prep.
Since returning to action during his senior season, Braun has looked much like the player that many basketball enthusiasts were accustomed to seeing play his last three seasons of high school - a player that garnered much college recruitment as a result.
While Braun once held scholarship offers from New Mexico State, UC-Irvine, Northern Arizona and Grand Canyon University, he currently holds offers from Drake University and Grand Canyon, while such schools as the University of Utah are expressing strong interest. Braun advised me that he is still unsure as to when he will make his college decision. He should make a decision this spring, and could play through the spring evaluation period on the club circuit as well..
Braun had an excellent junior season last year – leading his Boulder Creek team to a 20-7 overall record. Braun averaged a team-high in points and rebounds – averaging 18.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per/game, while playing almost every position on the floor for head coach Randy Walker.
Braun is a very nice talent and is currently the top unsigned recruiting target in the state. His ability to compete, shoot the basketball and make plays has made him very attractive to college programs. Look for Braun to generate much more recruiting interest the remainder of this season and into the spring.
Braun is also an excellent student and carries a 4.0 CUM GPA.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Braun is a tough prospect with good athleticism and a great knack for the ball. Braun has a very good physical build with excellent toughness. He has a very nice shooting stroke that he shoots with very good confidence and nice range. Braun can also get his own shot off the dribble and make plays for himself or others. He is also a good scorer around the painted area of the floor, as he does not mind physical contact and gets to the free throw line. A very good ballhandler that is capable of playing either guard position on the floor, but is at his best from the shooting guard position where he can score the basketball. A very good rebounder with a good wingspan. A good defender. Possesses excellent work ethic and has good passion for the game. Has a bright future ahead of him depending on what level he lands at. Among the best well-rounded basketball prospects in Arizona – regardless of class.