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Jalen Brunson guns for top billing at the point guard spot

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Jalen Brunson seemed like he didn't want to come off too cocky when asked how he compares to the best players at his position.

But Nick Irvin, his AAU coach with Mac Irvin Fire, wasn't mincing words.

“You're the best point guard in the country,” Irvin said mid-interview. “Tell ‘em the truth.”

“I feel like I play like the best point guard in the country,” Brunson added. “Everybody has confidence in me, and if they have confidence in me, I have confidence in myself.”

After Brunson's weekend, it's hard to argue with either Irvin or Brunson.

The 6-foot-2 Stevenson (Ill.) product was fantastic at the Nike EYBL Sacramento, averaging 16.3 points and 4.3 rebounds, while also leading the event in assists with 9.3 per game. He might not be the best overall guard in the country, but in terms of a pure point guard, there are none better than Brunson.

He's a heady player with a high basketball IQ who knows how to run an offense and get the ball where it needs to be – while also possessing the ability to create his own shot if necessary.

“Just being solid,” Brunson said. “I don't want to try to do too much or do too little. Playing solid, play with my teammates. It's nothing about personal goals.

“I know I can score the ball a little bit, but I know I have to get others involved, and I think I'm doing a pretty good job of that.”

Given the dearth of pure point guards in the class of 2015, plenty of schools are in pursuit of Brunson. He recently conducted home visits with Kansas, Illinois, Purdue and Villanova.

“Everyone's equal,” he said. “I haven't cut down anything.”

“I'm looking for a coach and a good relationship. A family, not just a team, to be a part of.”

Brunson is ranked No. 25 in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2015.

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