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Rothstein | Jalen Brunson to return to Villanova for junior season

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 18: Villanova Wildcats guard Jalen Brunson (1) during the first half of the College Basketball game between the Seton Hall Pirates and the Villanova Wildcats on February 18, 2017, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The Villanova Wildcats defeat the Seton Hall Pirates 92-70. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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Villanova Wildcats’ sophomore guard Jalen Brunson will be returning to school for his junior season next fall, sources tell FanRag Sports. After spending the last two seasons suiting up for the surging Wildcats, Brunson has ultimately elected to make his way back to Villanova for a third go-round with the possibility of heading to the NBA previously on the table.

Because collegiate players can now enter the NBA Draft without hiring an agent, some believed that Brunson would at least test the waters between his sophomore and junior seasons.

The up-and-coming signal caller originally arrived at Villanova back in 2015-16 while averaging 9.6 points across an even 24 minutes per outing for the eventual National Champions. He also managed 2.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game as a freshman before upping the ante in 2016-17.

As a sophomore last season, Brunson averaged 14.7 points, 4.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds over the course of 31.1 minutes per game. Although his three-point field goal percentage dropped slightly, his overall shooting percentage from the field increased from 46 percent to 54 percent.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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