Jalen Marquis Brunson was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to Rick and Sandra Brunson. His parents were both volleyball players at Temple University, and Rick went on to play nine seasons in the NBA. Jalen has a younger sister, Erica. He attended Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, where he was a two-time Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year (2014, 2015) and also was Illinois’ Mr. Basketball as a senior in 2015. Brunson averaged 23.3 points, 5.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 steals as a senior. He led Stevenson to the 2015 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 4A state championship. Among his other accolades, Brunson was selected as a McDonald’s All-American and invited to the Jordan Brand Classic. He was also named first team All-Illinois by the Associated Press for the third time. In his second season in the NBA, Brunson was nominated by the Dallas Mavericks for the November NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his continuous efforts to support children and families across the North Texas community. Learn more about Brunson by following him on Twitter and on Instagram (@jalenbrunson1).
Jalen Brunson (6-1, 190) just wrapped up an excellent third season with Dallas, finishing top-5 in Sixth Man of the Year voting after registering 12.6 points and 3.5 assists per game. The 33rd overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Brunson holds career averages of 10.1 points, 3.3 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game in 198 games (66 starts) with the Mavericks.
Despite being an early entry candidate for the draft after his junior season at Villanova, Brunson still put together one of the most decorated college careers in recent history. As a junior, he helped the Wildcats win their second national championship in a span of three years while garnering National Player of the Year and Consensus First Team All-American accolades in the process. Brunson was also tabbed the Bob Cousy Award winner and the BIG EAST Player of the Year in 2017-18. In 2020, the Sporting News honored him by naming him the College Basketball Player of the Decade.
The New Jersey native moved to Lincolnshire, Illinois, in high school and earned Illinois Mr. Basketball honors as a senior in 2015 after leading Stevenson High School to the IHSA Class 4A state title. Brunson was also named a McDonald’s All-American, Parade All-American and the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 2015 after taking home MVP honors for Team USA at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship. He re-united with USA Basketball when he played for The Select Team in 2019.