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Who's Up Next Player Profile: Junior PG, Villanova Jalen Brunson

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Who's Up Next Player Profile: Junior PG, Villanova Jalen Brunson

Point guard is the most important position in today’s NBA as the majority of responsibility is placed upon the shoulders of your primary ball handler. Jalen Brunson -- the son of former NBA journeyman Rick Brunson -- is the epitome of a league-ready lead guard. A member of Jay Wright’s 2016 championship Villanova squad and current Big East Player of the Year, Brunson follows a lineage of stellar guards and has been nothing short of phenomenal as the head honcho of a Wildcat team that raced to the Final Four in 2018. Despite not being the most athletic kid on the playground, this lefty has plenty of tricks in his bag, especially when operating in the post against smaller guards, who simply can’t check him. He’s not the guy who is going to wow you with his numbers at the combine, but his calm, confident demeanor, steady pace and ability to control the tempo and complexity of a game is exactly what teams look for. Without a doubt, Brunson is ready to produce quality minutes from the onset, especially with how vital a backup floor general is to a team’s overall success. When thinking of a comparison, five-time All-Star Chauncey Billups is one of the first names that comes to mind, thanks to his combination of size (6-foot-3), shooting and decision making. Congrats to whichever late first-round team snatches this gem, the flourish will be real.