Jalen Brunson will return for junior season at Villanova
Jalen Brunson, a key member of Villanova’s Big East regular season and tournament championship team this winter, will return for his junior season on the Main Line, the school announced Thursday.
Brunson was weighing his options of whether or not to enter the NBA draft, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported earlier this week.
Brunson averaged 14.7 points and 4.1 assists per game for the Wildcats and emerged as a solid complement to star guard Josh Hart. Brunson earned first-team All-Big East and All-Philadelphia Big Five honors, and he was also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the nation’s best point guard. Rounding out his accolades, Brunson was the Philadelphia Big Five Scholar Athlete of the Year.
“Jalen is an outstanding student who loves being at Villanova and wants to complete his degree by the end of his junior year,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said in a statement. “This was a simple decision made by Jalen’s family. Jalen wants to graduate, be a leader on this year’s team, and compete for a championship.”
Villanova went 32-4 and won the Big East regular season and tournament titles. The Wildcats earned a top seed in the NCAA tournament, but they were bounced in the second round by Wisconsin.