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Brunson settling in as high-end point guard

As the son of an NBA journeyman, Jalen Brunson knows all about moving around and adapting to new situations.
Born in New Jersey, Brunson says he moved at least seven times as a kid while his father, Rick Brunson, played for eight teams during a nine-year NBA career.
Now settled at Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson, Jalen Brunson is coming off of a fantastic sophomore season and a terrific spring playing with the Mac Irvin Fire and at camps such as the NBPA Top 100. He feels like he's demonstrated that he can be a leader.
"My leadership, especially playing with Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander," Brunson said when asked what his biggest strength is. "Playing with them is an honor, and I think my leadership has gone up.
"I'm getting stronger and playing better defense too."
A sharpshooter from deep, Brunson is a point guard's point guard. He runs the show, he blends getting into the lane and freelancing with keeping the offense flowing, and he defends with toughness.
There are quicker guys and bigger point guards, but there aren't many who have a better overall package than the No. 45 player in the class of 2015.
So far, the four-star says he has gotten offers from Connecticut, Temple (where his father played), Tulsa, Virginia, Creighton, Purdue, Illinois, DePaul, SMU and Xavier.
As for making a decision, there is no rush and because he's moved around so much Brunson isn't entirely worried about staying close to home.
"I don't think I'll make a decision for a while," Brunson said. "I moved around so much growing up that staying close to home isn't that important. It's more about the right fit."
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