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Jalen Brunson’s off to a good Awards Week start

He’s collecting NPOY honors from some major outlets.

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Huuuuuuuuump Daaaaaaay! One of my favorite days of Championship Week is the Big East’s opening day. You can get in The Mecca for under $10 dollars for basketball. And while it’s not exactly good basketball, it is still entertainment. More in a dumpster fire sense.

In other basketball news, Jalen Brunson’s National Player of the Year credentials are getting a nice boost this week.

And now, the “news.”

Villanova's Jalen Brunson honored as USA TODAY Sports player of the year | USA TODAY
Villanova has thrived this season with its guard Jalen Brunson stepping into a leadership role. His play earned him the USA TODAY Sports player of the year.

Player Of The Year: Jalen Brunson, Villanova | NBC Sports
Jalen Brunson is the best of a flawed crop of candidates.

Jalen Brunson has evolved into a national player of the year candidate | Philly.com
Brunson has excelled this season, but that was expected after he started at 'Nova. "You could just tell he had confidence in himself, that he knew he was a good player," former teammate Ryan Arcidiacono said.

Mikal Bridges and the Unlocking Force of the 3-and-D Swingman | The Ringer
Villanova’s do-it-all junior doesn’t project star potential, but his complete two-way skill set could allow him to make as big an impact as a ball-dominant player in the modern game.

Potential breakout players in the 2018 NCAA Tournament | SI.com
These 12 players may not have a huge role on their respective teams, but each one has the ability to make a statement in the NCAA tournament. Plus five teams on the rise and more.

Big East Tournament Preview: Can Xavier finally solve Villanova? | The Athletic
Taste is subjective, after all, and not every college hoops fan loves seeing the ball go through the rim. Some get their kicks watching slow, physical,...

10 best seasons by Villanova guards under Jay Wright | NBC Sports Philadelphia
Ranking the 10 best seasons by Villanova guards during Jay Wright's storied 17-year tenure as head coach.

The NBC Sports 2018 College Basketball All-American Teams | CollegeBasketballTalk
These are college basketball's 15 best performances.

Which teams and have leagues have the most at stake during Champ Week | ESPN
There's still time to play your way into the NCAA tournament. And time to play your way out. Time for a look at which teams -- and leagues -- have the most at stake during Champ Week.

Freshman Collin Gillespie has given Villanova an unanticipated spark this season | The Morning Call
Villanova's Collin Gillespie, who led Archbishop Wood to the PIAA 5A title as a senior, quickly transitioned to the college pace of play.

What March Madness would look like if every NBA player stayed all 4 years SBNation.com
Welcome to an alternate universe of college basketball featuring Karl-Anthony Towns, Ben Simmons and Jahlil Okafor.

Ultimate March guide | ESPN
March can get confusing. We're here to help. Want to sound smart? We've got the players to watch and the proper way to pronounce those hard-to-say names. Want to avoid disaster? Avoid these teams and these menu items for your viewing party.