Mac Irvin Fire's Jalen Brunson reassuring national worth

Mac Irvin Fire's Jalen Brunson reassuring national worth
May 18, 2014, 10:45 am
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by Daniel Martin

HAMPTON, Va.--He's not supremely athletic. He won't blow by you in transition. He won't be skying through the lane and throwing it down on a defender.

But there's a reason Mac Irvin Fire's Jalen Brunson is ranked as the No. 14 overall prospect in the Class of 2015.

The 6-2, 180-pound guard is solidly built and flexible between the two positions in the backcourt, both able to lead the offense in the half-court and push the ball on the break, or slide over to the two-guard spot and shoot from the perimeter or score off the dribble when needed.

"I see myself as a lead guard, you know, being able to lead a team," he told CSN on Saturday. "Any point guard can score. Point guards are changing nowadays. I can get my teammates shots, but I can also facilitate for myself."

Brunson has whittled his list down to eight schools -- Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, Villanova, Temple, Purdue, Illinois, and Connecticut -- and those choices each offer him something similar for him within their scheme.

The fact that he's so versatile in the backcourt, though, helps his cause.

On Day 1 of Nike's EYBL event in Hampton, he took the floor for Game 1 and poured in 25 points including 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range. In his second game he became more of a distributor by dishing out eight assists.

"It just depends. It depends on the school. It depends on the system," he said of his role in a college offense. "Most of the schools I picked have fairly the same system." 

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