Brunson has five early offers

One of the top point guards in the class of 2015, Jalen Brunson proved himself at the NY2LA Swish N Dish. He already has five offers, and several more could be on the way in short order.

Chicago (Ill.) Stevenson point guard Jalen Brunson had a huge sophomore season during the high school year, and then continued it with an incredible showing at the NY2LA Swish N Dish. The 5-foot-11 point guard proved to be one of the best in the country, and already he has five early offers.

Without a supporting cast full of division I prospects, Brunson led his team to the state championship game and overall had an excellent year.

"I played pretty well," said Brunson of the high school year. "My team made it to the state championship and unfortunately we lost to a good Simeon team, but I think we played really well as a team and our chemistry was great."

Recruiting wise he already has five early offers with other schools showing interest.

"I have offers from Purdue, Illinois, DePaul, SMU, and Xavier," said Brunson. "Also I have a lot of Big Ten schools, Virginia, UCLA, and Virginia Tech showing interest."

Though he is not originally from Illinois, Brunson says it is a good thing to have the Illini already on board with a scholarship offer.

"It's really good to get a home offer, but since I am not from (Illinois) I am open to a lot of schools," Brunson explained. "Right now I am focused on basketball but Illinois is a great program and they have a great coaching staff."

Purdue and Head Coach Matt Painter have also put in a lot of work with Brunson, and the Boilermakers are definitely in the mix.

"Purdue is a really good school academically and Coach Painter has been to a lot of my games," said Brunson. "I think have a really good relationship to him, but I am still open with everybody."

Brunson is the son of former Temple guard and current Charlotte Bobcats staffer Rick Brunson, and Jalen says his dad has given him specific advice on how to handle the recruiting process.

"He tells me to take my time and be patient," said Brunson. "He knows I am going to wait until my senior year to make my commitment and that I need to be patient."

Brunson will be with the Mac Irvin Fire this year on the Nike EYBL circuit.

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