Four-star point guard Jalen Brunson was in Champaign on a visit Sunday -- actual photographic evidence -- and the member of the 2015 class is apparently a priority for John Groce and company. Especially because point guard will be an important position in the class as things currently sit.
Looking at the roster right now the only point guard that will still be around for the 2015-16 season would be then-junior Jaylon Tate. Plus, it doesn't really matter the roster construction, point guard will always be a position of importance in John Groce's system, and it seems this is something Groce stressed to Brunson on the visit.
Brunson has been able to get to know the Illini coaches throughout the process and this was another opportunity to further that relationship. He discussed what he enjoys about their staff.
"The way they encourage their players and how they put in so much time to make them successful."
The Illini coaching staff is selling Brunson on their past history of point guard play and how he would be utilized in their system.
"Their point guards have a lot of freedom with ball screens and the coaching staff trusts them."
Brunson says Illinois has made no doubt about it that he is a priority for the future of their program.
"They said I'm their guy and they want to build a program I can lead."
Brunson is the son of former Temple and NBA player Rick Brunson. He's currently considered the second-best player in the 2015 class from the state of Illinois, behind only another Illinois target in Charles Matthews. Brunson has 12 scholarship offers so far, including UConn, Creighton, Kansas, Michigan and Purdue. He's also gotten some interest from Duke, though the Blue Devils are yet to offer.