Jalen Brunson is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Brunson played his high school basketball for the Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. As a junior, he was considered as one of the top point guards in the country and was rated as number one by Scout.com.
Brunson was named 2014 Illinois Boys Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year. He also participated in 2015 McDonald's All-American Boys Game, 2015 Jordan Brand Classic and represented Team USA in the Nike Hoop Summit. In his senior year, Brunson was again named Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year. He helped the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) win the Class 4A championship and was named to third Associated Press All-state recognition.
Following the season, Brunson was named Illinois Mr. Basketball. After graduating from his high school in 2014–15, he joined Villanova University. He helped the Wildcats win the championship game of the 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and was named 2015–16 Big East Conference Preseason Freshman of the Year and to the Big East All-Freshman Team selection. In his sophomore year, Brunson was named unanimous 2016–17 All-Big East first team selection for the 2016–17 Wildcats.
In his junior year, he helped the team win the championship game of the 2018 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, giving Villanova their second National Championship in three seasons. He was also named National Player of the Year and a Consensus first-team 2018 All-Americans. Brunson was drafted as the 33rd overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks.