#1 G Villanova Wildcat – Junior
DoB: August 31st, 1996
2017-2018 Season Average:
- Calm and composed, especially under duress; A experienced guard who makes minimal mistakes; able to make clever passes in traffic.
- Plays solid positional defense; coupled with a strong body, can have some levels of switch ability.
- Production at the college level; Brunson was awarded Wooden Player of the Year for his transcendent season with Villanova averaging an elite stat line and leading his team to the national championship game.
- Stocky build allows Brunson to bully smaller guards in the post; has shown consistency, shot creativity in this instance and can project as a weapon in the NBA.
- Incredibly consistent player; rarely disappears and generally plays well in high profile games (31 points vs. Providence in Big East Finals and 27 points vs. West Virginia in Sweet Sixteen)
- Never forces the issue; often has good shot selection as shown by his 52.1% field goal percentage and 40.8% from three-point land.
- Limited athleticism, reach (6-3), and height (6-3) limits Brunson’s defensive potential, hasn’t shown ability to force turnovers, averaging 0.9 steals a game only recording 1 block in his three years in Villanova.
- Struggles to finish in traffic especially against length; severely hindered by athleticism.
- Relies on set plays and Villanova’s system to score the basketball; many shots coming off of spot ups generated screens.
- Relies on screens to get shot off; doesn’t have the burst to blow by opposing point guards.
- Lacks both elite athleticism and physical tools; Brunson’s offensive and defensive potential on the next level can be severely limited.
- Brunson was sometimes tasked with guarding opposing Michigan forward Moritz Wagner in the national championship game and experienced mixed results, does have defensive versatility in spurts.
- At this point, Jalen Brunson simply doesn’t have the upside to become a starting caliber point guard, could be a solid backup point guard.
- Does possess an advanced assortment of tricks in his scoring arsenal; however, his effectiveness in executing them could be limited by his physical capabilities.
Vs. Providence (Big East Finals) 31PTS (12/23 FGM/FGA) (4-9 3PM/3PA) 6REB 4AST 1STL 2TO
Vs. West Virginia (Sweet Sixteen) 27PTS (8/15 FGM/FGA) (3-6 3PM/3PA) 2REB 4AST 3TO
Vs. Michigan (National Championship) 9PTS (4-13 FGM/FGA) (1-5 3PM/3PA) 2REB 2AST 4PF