Dana O'Neil, ESPN Senior Writer 545d

Point guard Jalen Brunson to return for junior season at Villanova

Men's College Basketball, Villanova Wildcats

Villanova point guard Jalen Brunson has decided to return for his junior season, the school announced Wednesday.

Brunson, who averaged 14.7 points and 4.1 assists per game, told The Philadelphia Inquirer earlier this week that he would make a decision after consulting with his father (former NBA journeyman Rick Brunson) and Villanova coach Jay Wright.

Brunson's return gives the Wildcats a talented, if inexperienced, potential starting five. Redshirt freshman Donte DiVincenzo starred in Villanova's two NCAA tournament games this season, scoring 36 points. Mikal Bridges averaged nearly 30 minutes per game. Phil Booth should return after missing the entire season with knee tendinitis. Booth scored 20 points in the Wildcats' 2016 national title game. And freshman big man Omari Spellman will be available after missing the entire season because of academic ineligibility.

Brunson, a onetime McDonald's All American out of Chicago, was a first-team All-Big East selection this season.

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