Villanovans have been speculating about the probabilities since Jay Wright stated that he would discuss Jalen Brunson’s future with the athlete and his family after this season. The result of that decision-making process is one that will relieve many fans, however, as the rising junior will not be leaving the Main Line this summer.
The school released the following statement regarding Brunson’s decision:
VILLANOVA, Pa – Jalen Brunson will return to Villanova in 2017-18, it was announced today.
The 6-2 Brunson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) completed a terrific sophomore season in 2016-17, earning first team All-BIG EAST and All-Philadelphia Big Five honors while also gaining notice as a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard. In addition, Brunson was named the Philadelphia Big Five Scholar Athlete of the Year.
“Jalen is an outstanding student who loves being at Villanova and wants to complete his degree by the end of his junior year,” stated Wildcats head coach Jay Wright. “This was a simple decision made by Jalen’s family. Jalen wants to graduate, be a leader on this year’s team, and compete for a championship.”
Brunson averaged 14.7 points and 4.1 assists per game while helping the Wildcats to the BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles.