One-on-One with Jalen Brunson
New Mavs rookie Jalen Brunson goes one-on-one with Mavs.com's Bobby Karalla and dishes on being drafted, what he's gonna buy with his first contract, and playing with Dirk!
DALLAS – Three days after the completion of summer league play, rookie point guard Jalen Brunson signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday afternoon.
Brunson was the 33rd overall pick of the June 21st NBA Draft and the third player chosen on the second round. The 6-3, 190-pounder led the Villanova Wildcats to a pair of NCAA titles over the past three years and was named the National College Player of the Year, the Big East Player of the Year and the Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year this past season.
Also, Brunson captured the Bob Cousy Award this past year. That’s an award given to the nation’s top point guard.
In the Mavs’ five summer league games, Brunson averaged 6.8 points and 4.4 assists and shot just 23 percent from the field. But his heady play and knowledge on how to run an NBA offense clearly won over the Mavs’ coaches.
“He had a great demeanor about him on the court,” Mavs summer league coach Jamahl Mosley said. “The way he handles pick-and-rolls, the way he sees the floor, the way he understands the dynamics that go into all of it.
“He’s seen it before, he’s been around it his whole life, so that definitely plays a huge part in his development and what you see out of him on the court.”
Elsewhere, the Mavs still have to sign unrestricted free agents Dirk Nowitzki and Yogi Ferrell. But those signings appear to be just a formality.