It was previously thought that the Illini were out of fit for Jalen Brunson, a blue chip point guard prospect out of Stevenson High School.
However, Illinois got back in the derby in February. They’re right up there with Michigan and Michigan State. Those are three potential landing spots. Villanova and to a lesser extent UConn are still in the running to the lesser extent. When Duke commit Jahlil Okafor received his national player of the year award Wednesday, the talk during Okafor’s media availability turned to Brunson.
Understandable as Okafor is the premier preps player in both the state and the nation. Jalen Brunson is the next biggest thing in that state of Illinois and Okafor’s AAU teammate with the Mac Irvin Fire.
“He’s like a little brother to me I love him dearly, he played phenomenal against us,” Jahlil said.
Okafor was asked what advice he would give Jalen Brunson.
“Stay humble, you don’t want to do anything that’s too far out of your character because it does make it...