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Former Villanova guard and national college player of the year Jalen Brunson has been making the rounds in pre-draft workouts, having recently auditioned for the Indiana Pacers, with the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs up next.
That’s the latest from Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports.
Brunson is 6-foot-3 and is coming off a national championship with the Wildcats. He spent three years at Villanova and won two national titles. Last season he averaged 18.9 points, 4.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds, shooting 52.1 percent from the floor.
After the season, Brunson received college basketball’s Wooden Award, Naismith Award and Bob Cousy Award, as well as was selected the Associated Press Player of the Year.
NBADraft.net has Brunson being selected by the Phoenix Suns with the first pick of the second round (No. 31 overall) in its 2018 mock draft.
Quenton Albertie of CelticsWire gave a thorough scouting report on Brunson.
“On offense, Brunson is a professional scorer who is unique in that he gets a significant amount of his assists from post-ups despite his average height and athleticism,” Albertie wrote. “This is perhaps the area where Brunson’s game meshes best with the Boston Celtics, a team with a number of players who recognize when to cut backdoor.
“However, because of his average physical profile, Brunson uses the screens heavily in order to create separation. This isn’t necessarily an issue as the pick-and-roll is a staple of NBA offenses but because Brunson’s best attribute in creating space off-the-dribble is his change of speeds rather than ball-handling or athleticism, it will be interesting to see how he responds to tight ball-pressure, or even blitzed pick-and-rolls, at the NBA-level.”
Brunson is the son of former Temple University star Rick Brunson, who spent nine years in the NBA.
The NBA draft is Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.