Through the Fire: Jalen Brunson


My favorite player in the college game to watch this season has been Villanova point guard Jalen Brunson. He’s surgeon-like operating Jay Wright’s motion offense and plays the game with a chilling stone-cold demeanor. I loved what Xavier head coach Chris Mack said about him leading up to their conference clash this past Saturday, “He [Brunson] is emotionless. He does what the game tells him. He makes every big shot. He does everything the right way. It seems like he never makes a mistake. He takes charges.” Two good reads on the player and leader Jalen Brunson is today is a product of the lessons – and trials – his father, NBA journeyman guard Rick Brunson, put him through.

It turns out the reward for all of Rick’s relentless preparation wasn’t playing time; it was Jalen’s ability to accept things even if he didn’t like them. “It wasn’t about taking a backseat to Ryan,’’ he says. “It was about doing what was best for the team, which ended up making me a better player.’’

Sports Illustrated: How Jalen Brunson was shaped by his father’s lessons—and his scandal (LINK)

The Athletic: Showing a resolve instilled by his father, Villanova’s Jalen Brunson is the best player on the best team in America (LINK)

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