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Scout.com sits down with four-star Stevenson (Ill.) junior guard Jalen Brunson inside for ScoutHoops.

On a night that Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo and Illinois head coach John Groce were in the building at Stevenson, junior point guard Jalen Brunson was feeling under the weather.

That didn't stop Brunson from putting up 20-points in front of a huge crowd at Stevenson.

One of those in attendance who has shaped Brunson and his game was Brunson's dad, Rick Brunson who is a former NBA standout and now in the coaching ranks.

"Learning when my dad is being a coach, and when he is being a dad. I think it is a really good key to have, trait to have," Brunson said. "Sometimes I took things a little to personal growing up, sometimes I still do. But I know that he just wants the best for me."

Brunson's latest offer came from Michigan State, and he also reports offers from Creighton, DePaul, Illinois, Purdue, and others.

The 6-foot, 170 pound prospect used to play several different sports -- but decided on basketball after he realized that he was a natural.

"I think keeping the ball in my hands all the time. When I was playing all these other sports growing up, I didn't have as much passion for them," Brunson said. "Every time I had a basketball in my hand, I was like man I love this sport. So I just kept working at it and once colleges started calling I was like wow, this is a dream come true."

And as for the end of the season, Brunson and Stevenson have pretty high hopes.

"I think just winning every game, from this point on. I think we will have a tough road against us, we are in one of the toughest sectionals in the state. But if we stay together as a unit we will be successful.


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