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Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball Recruiting: Jalen Brunson Names Top Eight Schools


Per Scott Phillips of NBC Sports, the Illinois Fighting Illini have made the cut when 2015 point guard Jalen Brunson named his Top 8 schools today.

Currently, the majority of the recruiting experts on the 247Sports Crystal Ball favor Brunson picking the Michigan Wolverines. However, the other experts are predicting Illinois or Michigan State to land the highly targeted point guard.

The Adlai Stevenson point guard is a true point guard who can run the court, shoot the 3, and make open court passes. The only “knocks” against him are his size, strength, and overall athleticism.

According to ESPN, their scouting report states that the bottom line on Jalen Brunson is:

Brunson is a true point guard that has a feel for the game and a terrific basketball IQ. He is a shot maker that can also get teammates involved. Just a very good all around point guard with terrific upside. Brunson’s game is very similar to his father Temple great and NBA player Rick Brunson.

Although they made Brunson’s Top 8, Coach Groce and the Illini are not out of the woods yet. There are some good programs chomping at the bit for Brunson’s services. Coach Groce will need to show if he can finally convince a top in-state recruit to stay in Illinois instead of leaving for other programs out of the state.

Many Illini fans hope that Jalen Brunson will listen to the recent advice from former Illini guard Dee Brown.

The four-star recruit is currently ranked 2nd in the state of Illinois, 5th among point guards, and 25th among 2015 high school recruits by 247Sports.

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