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2022 three-star shooting guard Braden Appelhans talks Drexel & more

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Braden Applehans is a 2022 three-star shooting guard who plays for Blue Springs high school in Blue Springs, Missouri. Applehans averaged 14.3 points and 3.1 rebounds last season. He sat down to talk with me about his recruitment and how he has improved over the past year.

Leader: What teams are keeping in contact with you the most this early in your recruitment?

Braden: Saint Louis, Mizzou, UMKC, Belmont, Creighton, Baylor, Drake.

Leader: You are an impressive shooter and you play hard. What about your game this year has elevated your impact that scouts will see?

Braden: My athleticism.

Leader: Who has been the toughest prospect you had to play? What did you score against that prospect?

Braden: Jaylin Williams ( 25).

Leader: What do you think your most impressive game has been so far in your high school career? What did you score that game?

Braden: Blue Springs South this year. I had 28.

Leader: You are on the 247 sports Drexel recruiting board. Have they been recruiting you?

Braden: Yeah, we have texted and called a few times.

Leader: What have they said they like about you?

Braden: They like how I can shoot the ball really well and get to the rim.

Leader: What do you like about Drexel?

Braden: How they just let their players play.

Leader: How have your parents been an influence in your basketball journey?


Braden: They have helped me a lot by taking me to camps, tournaments and paying for all of my training.

LJ: Any virtual or on-campus visits planned? What programs?

Braden: When everything opens back up I’m planning on taking visits, but just don’t know where to yet, just whatever school wants me to come down.

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Derrick Raheem"Leader" Johnson is one of the fastest rising young talented writers out. He writers for Scout.com for Villanova sports, NBA draft for nbadraftroom.com, and he is the lead college writer or Philly Sports Network. Johnson also does interviews and reports news on his personal blog page on facebook titled Leader Johnson. Johnson was Born in West Philadelphia, PA and was raised in southwest Little Rock, AR, he is known as Mr. 1on1 for always getting many 1 on 1 exclusives with some of the top athletes in high school and college, Leader also started the Success series and Villanova rundown for VUsports.com along with the Prospects Corner and Prospect Watch on nbadraftroom.com. Leader also does 1 on 1's called the legacy series in which he interviews young athletes who parents were infamous athletes such as NBA great Ron Artest(Jeron and Ron Artest) etc. Leader has recently started the PSN college game balls given to the best performances among the chosen Philly and Pennsylvania schools and PSN NFL game balls given to best philadelphia pro team performers. The name Leader comes from Raheem setting his own standard as a writer while appreciating the writers before him.

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