Summer Jam Notebook: Jalen Brunson pushing for five-star status
Jalen Brunson is making a case for one of the five best point guards in the class of 2015, while Justin Tillman and Zach Haney are figuring out their recruitments.
MEQUON, Wisc. -- After yet another impressive performance from point guard Jalen Brunson, I started to think about where the 2015 prospect ranks at his position. There are several quality floor generals in the junior class, so it was difficult.
Brunson wasn't about to contribute any help, either.
"It's not even my job," he said, smiling. "When I play, I feel like I'm the best. But, really, that's your guys' job."
Overall, Brunson's stock has been steadily rising throughout the spring and summer, as the 6-foot-2 Stevenson (Ill.) product is stringing together stellar event after stellar event. At the Peach Jam last week, Brunson struggled in the first and last game, but had 44 combined points against Houston Cougars Hoops and Texas Longhorns Titans. He continued his effort at the Under Armour/NY2LA Summer Jam on Wednesday and Thursday, showing composure and savvy in a couple of signature wins.
Right now, Brunson is ranked No. 24 in the 247Sports Composite. and there are still things to work on.
"Being better defensively, being quicker," he pinpointed. "Having a better mentality, knowing that I can lock somebody up. Staying as a consistent shooter. And being a leader, because that leads to win -- and that's most important."
Brunson recently added offers from Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes , which joined Purdue Boilermakers , SMU, Xavier Musketeers , Illinois Fighting Illini , DePaul Blue Demons , Tulsa Golden Hurricane , Creighton Bluejays , Virginia Cavaliers , Temple Owls and Connecticut Huskies on his offer sheet.
One school that has been mentioned a bit with Brunson is Duke Blue Devils , but he didn't have much to add about the Blue Devils.
"They've talked to my coaches, but I haven't had any contact with them," he said.
Brunson, the son of former NBA veteran Rick Brunson, has taken trips to Michigan State Spartans , Michigan and Illinois.
"They all like to work," he said about those three schools. "I've seen the on off-days, in practices, everyone's working. Coaches are into it. The coaches just don't do it for the money, they're doing it for the love of the game. All the programs have that."
Because Ohio State recently offered, Brunson would like to look into potentially visiting the Buckeyes' campus.
Justin Tillman balancing numerous schools in pursuit
When we first saw Justin Tillman last summer in Las Vegas, his only offers were Oakland Golden Grizzlies and Detroit Titans . There wasn't much coming in his direction. On Thursday, things were a bit different.
He's now on everyone's radar in the Midwest, and for good reason. The 6-foot-7 forward from Pershing (Mich.) is athletic and has a non-stop motor, using it to crash the glass at both ends.
Kent State Golden Flashes , Bowling Green Falcons , Xavier, Iowa Hawkeyes , Iowa State Cyclones and Rhode Island Rams have all offered, with Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana State, Eastern Michigan Eagles , DePaul, Purdue and Providence Friars showing interest.
Tillman did say he wants to take an official visit to Iowa in the fall, but nothing is set in stone.
"I'm still planning it out," he said.
Zach Haney out to boost his recruitment
At this point in the 2014 recruiting cycle, there aren't too many new names to hop onto the board. Zach Haney, a 6-foot-11 big man from Texas, isn't exactly a new name, but he's certainly a player who could garner some new looks from schools.
On Thursday, Haney showed good range on his 3-point jumper, stepping out consistently. He also rebounded and moved without the ball.
"I'm just going hard, and hoping to get a bunch of looks from colleges," Haney said. "That way I can decide after July."
Texas A&M, TCU Horned Frogs , Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks , Texas State, Pepperdine Waves and Montana State Bobcats are all already on the list. Haney wants to pick up some further high-major interest.
"I can step outside and shoot the 3," Haney said. "I crash the boards a lot, and I'm just an all-around player."
He has no visits planned at this time.
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