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Belmont C Even Brauns Expected to Transfer to Iowa

An Iowa City native, former Belmont center Even Brauns will return to his hometown out of the portal.
An Iowa City native, former Belmont center Even Brauns will return to his hometown out of the portal. (© MaCabe Brown / Courier & Press via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

According to a source close to the Belmont program, former Iowa City West prep and Belmont center Even Brauns will be transferring to the University of Iowa.

Brauns is a 6'9", 240-pound center who has spent the last three seasons with the Bruins. This season -- his first as a starter -- he averaged 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 21.2 minutes per game. Brauns shot 58.3 percent from the floor and 68.9 percent from the free-throw line.



Brauns has not yet publicly announced the transfer, though according to the source, he has informed teammates of his departure.

Likewise, whether Brauns is joining on scholarship has not yet been announced. As the roster stands now, if third-team All-American forward Kris Murray does declare for the 2023 NBA Draft as expected, Iowa will one scholarship free for an incoming transfer.

The rotation of bigs on Iowa's roster in 2023-24 is still to be determined after the departure of third-team All-Big Ten center Filip Rebraca and the question of Murray's pro future still pending. As of now, the Hawkeyes return big men Riley Mulvey and Josh Ogundele for next season, and will add true freshmen Owen Freeman and Ladji Dembele to that mix as well.

Brauns joins the Hawkeyes with two years of eligibility remaining.


During his senior year, the only one without Patrick McCaffery on the roster, Brauns averaged 15.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks while shooting 68.6 percent from the floor.

As a high school prospect, Brauns received offers from Appalachian State, Toledo, Milwaukee, Wofford, Drake, Northern Iowa, and others. He also received interest from Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado State, Northwestern and Wisconsin.