“After careful consideration and prayer, I have decided to enter the June NBA draft and hire an agent,” Brunson wrote in an essay for ESPN.com.
Brunson, who’s the No. 26 choose in ESPN’s Jonathan Givony’s most up-to-date mock draft, has been extremely productive on two nationwide title groups at Villanova. The gifted pick-and-roll level guard, who averaged 18.9 factors, four.6 assists and three.1 rebounds, is adept at taking pictures off the dribble and taking part in within the submit.
His management and toughness has separated him from his friends, league executives instructed ESPN.
Brunson leaves Villanova as one of the crucial completed faculty basketball gamers of the trendy period, together with two NCAA championships, two USA Basketball titles, Large East Participant of the 12 months and the Picket and Naismith Nationwide Participant of the 12 months awards in 2018.
With championships on the highschool, faculty and worldwide ranges, there could also be no participant coming to the NBA since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a deeper résumé of staff and particular person success.
Brunson’s father, Rick, is an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves and performed a decade within the NBA.