March Madness may still be two months away but once conference play gets going, NCAA hoops sure gets interesting. And so it will be when junior point guard Jalen Brunson and the Villanova Wild Cats visit the Georgetown Hoyas in what is sure to be another classic Big East battle, Wednesday, January 17 on FS1.
‘Nova is once again an elite team that quickly climbed to the No. 1 spot in the rankings and is poised for another championship run come March. Brunson has been a big part of their success the past three seasons. Back in December he posted a career high 31-points in a 20-point blowout of Temple, including 22 in the first half. That’s just a continuation of what is going down as one of the most solid college careers in recent years.
This young man has shined no matter what court he’s been on, which includes the international level. He won not only a Gold Medal at the 2015 World U19 (under 19) Championships, but earned MVP honors as well. A year earlier he also represented the United States, winning Gold at the U18 tournament in 2013.
Impressive is the fact that Brunson has held off on testing the NBA waters, but that could happen after this season. He is, after all, the son of Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Rick Brunson, who spent 9 seasons as a journeyman in the NBA. For now, the rest of the NCAA has to contend with Brunson and a Villanova team eying the NCAA Tournament come March.
Born: Aug. 31, 1996
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Height/Weight: 6 foot, 3 inches / 199-pounds
Team: Villanova Wildcats
Position: Point Guard
Honors and Achievements: First-team All-Big East, 2017; NCAA champion, 2016; Gold Medal and MVP of the World U19 Championship, 2015