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The Sun's Arizin: Should Villanova's Jalen Brunson take the money and run?

Should Brunson bolt if he's a first-rounder?

Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! A friend surmised today that if Jalen Brunson was a first-round pick. he should take the money and run. While Brunson's talent isn't in question, his stature and style of play isn't exactly lottery-worthy in today's NBA. Right or wrong, it's just the reality.

So far in mock drafts, Brunson has been anywhere from a mid-late first round pick, and since he probably isn't getting any taller or more athletic at this point, he might have hit his ceiling as far as draft status.

So, assuming he has a good college year and is a projected first-round pick - should he stay at Villanova or secure his place in the NBA?

And now, the "news."

Jalen Brunson is a first-rounder in NBA Mock Draft | E$PN
(Subscription) Draft shakeup has the 76ers picking the star of the class and a strong guard. Jalen Brunson pegged at #28.

Mark Jackson accepts the challenge at Villanova | Times Herald
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