Kansas – Christian Braun
It’s been a rapid rise to the top for Braun after the Nuggets drafted him in 2022. The Burlington native was already an NCAA champion with the Kansas Jayhawks. He then added an NBA ring in his rookie season, proving that he’s Sunflower State’s best athlete right now.
Braun had a strong influence on his team’s fortunes as he played in 16 playoff games. The future is bright for Braun after he helped end Denver’s agonizing wait for an NBA championship. He sealed legendary status after a single season (via AS).