“He definitely has the talent to be one-and-done,” Wright told me in November 2015. “That’s a decision he’ll make at the end of the year.”Brunson, the son of former NBA guard Rick Brunson, said he never even considered leaving after his freshman year. Or his sophomore year, for that matter. Here we are two years later and Brunson is still at Villanova as a junior. This week he was named the Big East Preseason Player of the Year. “I really wanted to graduate,” Brunson said. “My all-time goal is to be in the NBA. I want to make sure I graduate, too. The NBA is not going anywhere. Actually the longer I wait, the more the [salary] cap goes up. I definitely want to get my degree and put that on my wall just like my mom and my dad did.” Brunson concurred with Wright that Villanova may scare off potential one-and-dones. “It may honestly, it may scare away recruits,” Brunson told me Wednesday. “I know that coach [Wright] wants to get the best recruits that he can, but he also wants to get the guys that are going to fit into the system, and who’s going to want to continuously play for his teammates and not worry about where they’re going to be drafted and what’s going to happen in the future. He’s really preached that to us.” He added: “We attract guys that are willing to put the work in and are willing to get better.” Since the one-and-done era began, only three schools have won NCAA championships with those players: Kentucky in 2012, Duke in 2015 and now North Carolina in 2017 with Tony Bradley. Meantime, Brunson is part of another experienced Villanova team that lost Josh Hart (to the NBA after his senior season) and Kris Jenkins and Darryl Reynolds, but appears just as potent with a squad that includes Brunson, redshirt juniors Phil Booth, Mikal Bridges and Eric Paschall, redshirt sophomores Tim Delaney and Donte DiVincenzo and a loaded freshmen group highlighted by redshirt Omari Spellman. The 6-9 Spellman has lost weight and is in terrific shape, by all counts, and will surely garner interest from NBA scouts. “If you’re good enough, they’re going to come find you,” Brunson said. They may find Spellman at Villanova, but, given Jay Wright’s history, the odds are that he won’t leave after his freshman year.