Friday, February 5, 2016

Temple target Jalen Brunson helps USA reach final

Want to get a look at Jalen Brunson? Tonight is your chance.

Temple target Jalen Brunson helps USA reach final

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Temple basketball target Jalen Brunson is spending the summer playing for Team USA. (Credit USA Basketball)
Temple basketball target Jalen Brunson is spending the summer playing for Team USA. (Credit USA Basketball)

Want to get a look at Jalen Brunson? Tonight is your chance.

Temple basketball’s top target in the Class of 2015 has helped Team USA advance to Tuesday night’s championship game in the FIBA Americas Under-18 tournament. The game against Canada will be streamed live at 7:30 p.m. on USA Basketball’s website (www.USAB.com).

Temple and Villanova are in the mix for the 6-foot-2 guard along with Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue. Brunson grew up in South Jersey and currently lives in suburban Chicago. His father, former Temple player Rick Brunson, said his son will make his decision before November’s early signing period. ESPN ranks him as the nation’s No. 1 point guard.

In four games, Brunson is averaging 12 points and 5.5 assists. He has come off the bench each game, but is averaging a team-high 23.3 minutes per game. Brunson is shooting 55.2-percent from the field and is 4 for 11 from three-point range. His 13 assists in the opening round against Uruguay are a tournament high.

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“You can make a lot of highlights with a lot of the players, and being so unselfish and getting everyone involved gets everyone excited about playing,” Brunson said after the Uruguay game. “We have a good offense, so we have to get back and play defense and having that momentum really helps.”

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John Mitchell is in his second year covering Temple after two seasons covering the 76ers for the Inquirer, after joining the paper in November 2011. He covered the Washington Wizards for the Washington Times from 1998 to 2008. He's also worked at the Philadelphia Tribune, the Wilmington News Journal, Courier-Post, Trenton Times and Elmira Star-Gazette. He graduated from Overbrook High School and Howard University in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter @jmitchinquirer or reach him at jmitchell@philly.com.

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