Last summer, scouts in the Chicago area began buzzing about sophomore point guard Jalen Brunson. They wanted everybody to know that he could be the next big time point guard out of Chicago.
With Brunson's performances during the winter and through the early part of spring, scouts were right to get excited about the six-foot tall, four-star point guard from Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson who currently ranks No. 45 nationally in the class of 2015.
Brunson led his team all the way to the state finals as a sophomore and feels good about what he and his team accomplished.
"It went pretty well," Brunson told Rivals.com of his sophomore season. "We really had it going as a team and we were shooting the ball well as a team every game but the last one. We also had defensive pride against the bigger teams that we were supposed to lose to."
A smooth lefty who can control the tempo and fire pinpoint passes to teammates, Brunson is also a dangerous scorer. In particular he's a deadly jump shooter which opens up the floor. His Mac Irvin Fire summer teammates are reaping the benefits.
"It helps a lot that I can shoot," said Brunson. "Offensively on the perimeter I can pump fake and go by and hit somebody in the post like Jahlil Okafor when they help up. It's helpful for me and my teammates."
So far, Purdue, Xavier, Illinois, SMU and DePaul have offered but Brunson is in no rush. The son of long time NBA point guard and current Charlotte Bobcats employee Rick Brunson, he says that there is no pressure on him and that he's getting solid advice from his father.
"He just tells me to be patient," said Brunson. "He tells me not to rush things and that my time is going to come. He tells me that hard work is the magic for everything.
"I'm going to take my time. My dad tells me that if I stay patient things will come to me with time so I'm just going to be patient and let that happen."