By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Jalen Brunson, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Player of the Year, has declared for the NBA Draft. According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, Brunson is supposed to be a late first-round draft pick.
This is not a surprise as many thought that he was going to enter the draft. Brunson makes the decision one day after his teammate Mikal Bridges made his decision to enter the draft.
Brunson, Bridges and their teammates helped the Villanova Wildcats win the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship over the Michigan Wolverines. This was the Wildcats second National Championship in three-years.
“After careful consideration and prayer, I have decided to enter the June NBA draft and hire an agent,” Brunson wrote in an essay for ESPN.com.
Brunson hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps. Rick Brunson, his father, played in the NBA from 1997 through 2007 with numerous teams.
He’s also presently an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Brunson, the point guard, who won numerous college basketball awards, averaged 18.9 points per game. He also averaged 4.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds.
“Jalen has left an indelible mark on our university and our basketball program,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said in a statement. “He is both the consummate Villanova basketball player and Villanova student-athlete, a leader on and off the court. We’re proud of the man he has become. This is an intelligent decision and I have every confidence in his ability to succeed at the professional level.”
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