The term stud is thrown around rather carelessly in the context of most high school sports. But there are exceptions to every rule, and the latest comes in the form of point guard Jalen Brunson.
The Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year has been brilliant over his last three years highlighted by a state tournament record 56 points in the semifinals against fellow top recruit Jahlil Okafor. Brunson, ESPN’s No. 22 ranked player, decided to end his recruitment Wednesday, choosing Villanova over Illinois.
The decision is a massive pick up for Wildcats head coach Jay Wright, who has been known to produce excellent guards over the years (Randy Foye, Kyle Lowry, Scottie Reynolds come to mind). According to most scouts, Brunson can do it all from the point guard position and should fit in nicely with Wright’s spread offensive attack. On top of his ability to make shots from the outside; Brunson is excellent after contact and can score from almost any spot on the court.
Brunson is the third player to commit to Villanova and will join fellow top 100 prospect Donte DiVincenzo.
*Section Photo credit to Mark Ukena, Lincolnshire Sun Times; Featured Photo (above) credit to Brian O’Mahoney, Lincolnshire Sun Times