Jalen Brunson, the top Point Guard in the class of 2015, has given a verbal commitment to Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats.
As a junior at Stevenson high school, Brunson led his team to a 33-2 record while averaging an astounding 26.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 2.9 steals per game. In the IHSA state semifinals, Brunson put up a 56-point performance in a 75-68 loss to Whitney Young; the output set a state tournament single-game scoring record. Brunson went on to be named the Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Brunson is the best floor general in the class of 2015. His combination of scoring ability, 3-point shooting, and vision make him nearly unguardable on the offensive end. Here are some of his recent highlights:
It'll be interesting to see how this decision impacts Illinois' other targets. Jawun Evans, a 5-star Point Guard from Dallas, TX, was reportedly an Illinois lean prior to today's news. Coach Groce and the staff will be in Texas tomorrow for an in-home visit with Evans.
There are also several big men on Illinois' radar. Elijah Thomas (5-star) and Doral Moore (4-star) are both scheduled to make official visits to Illinois in the coming weeks. Carlton Bragg (5-star) has also set up an in-home visit with the Illinois coaching staff at the end of the month; he's expected to take an official visit to Champaign sometime in the near future.
This may seem like yet another dark day for Illinois fans, but keep in mind that Illinois natives Aaron Jordan and D.J. Williams are already in the fold. The two 4-star recruits are the start of what will be a great 2015 recruiting class for the Illini. The search is still on for a top-tier Point Guard, but fans should stay optimistic: Jawun Evans is still out there and there's a great chance that John Groce will be able to reel him in.