The Villanova basketball program has lost yet another member of its national championship team. On Wednesday, junior guard Jalen Brunson announced that he will be forgoing his senior season to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft. Brunson helped the Wildcats win two national titles during his time on campus. He makes the leap to the pros just one day after teammate Mikal Bridges made the same decision.
This season, Brunson averaged 18.9 points, 4.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game and was named the Wooden and Naismith Award winner as college basketball’s top player.
Brunson announced his decision to turn pro in a letter to Villanova fans that was published on ESPN.com.
The star guard wrote:
After careful consideration and prayer, I have decided to enter the 2018 NBA draft and hire an agent. I want to thank my parents, family members including extended family, and close friends for their continued love and support through this process. I would also like to thank all the coaches that I have had throughout my career for everything they have done for me and my family. Lastly, I want to thank my teammates for welcoming me to a family that I am forever grateful for being able to join.
Because he has made the decision to hire an agent, Brunson will be ineligible to pull his name from the draft pull which officially ends his college career.
There is no firm stance or projection for Brunson as a pro prospect, but there is no denying he understands what it takes to be a championship and he will bring a winning attitude to whatever NBA franchise ultimately decides to give him a shot.