Boys Basketball: Star guard Brunson says he’s sticking with Stevenson
Jalen Brunson, Stevenson’s point guard, apparently will play at least one more season for the Patriots. | SUN-TIMES MEDIA PHOTO
Updated: September 17, 2012 1:58AM
LINCOLNSHIRE — He’s staying.
At least, that’s what he’s telling people.
According to a source, stellar guard Jalen Brunson will be wearing a Stevenson High School uniform this winter.
“He told us that he’s coming back,” said the source, who asked not to be identified. “He said, ‘You know that my dad (Rick Brunson) took a job with the (Charlotte) Bobcats, but that I’m staying.’ ”
Rick Brunson joined Michael Jordan’s team on July 3. He will be an assistant coach for Mike Dunlap.
Brunson had been serving as an aide for current Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. He’s got ties to the Chicago area. Brunson also appeared in 54 games as a Bull.
Meanwhile, Jalen Brunson turned in a phenomenal freshman season for the Patriots, who finished 17-11. Entering the 2012-13 season, he’ll be considered as one of the top sophomore point guards in the state.
The 5-foot-11 talent, a first-team all-North Suburban Conference selection, shot 50 percent from the field and averaged 12.1 points per game. He finished with 90 assists, 97 rebounds and 43 steals in 28 games.
Brunson plays his club ball with Next Level Performance (NLP), which is run by ex-Bull Dickie Simpkins.
His 16U team, which also features Lake Forest’s Evan Boudreaux, Stevenson’s Connor Cashaw and North Chicago’s Javarius Amos-Mays and Kurt Hall, is playing in the AAU Division I tournament, in Orlando, July 14-19.