Wright pointed out that Brunson has led Villanova to the brink of its fifth straight Big East regular season title while the team dealt with injuries to Phil Booth and Eric Paschall. “We’ve had two starters out, he’s carried the team and done it always efficiently,” Wright said. “And then when we get the guys back, then he just has seven assists, eight assists, leads us defensively. I think he is the most complete college basketball player in that he posts up, he defends in the post, he defends in the perimeter, he shoots threes, runs pick-and-roll. He gets assists, he scores in transition. “I really believe he’s the most complete college basketball player in the country on a very good team. If we ran everything for him, he could get 30 a night and he’s done it. But on other nights you need to get eight assists and lead us defensively, he does it.” Wright also makes the case for Brunson off the court. He has never had any off-court issues and will graduate Villanova in three years. While Ayton, Young and Bagley III are all projected lottery picks this year, Brunson is a projected second-rounder.
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DePaul coach Dave Leitao, who knows Brunson because the player is an Illinois native, also made a strong case for Brunson over his other challengers. “Watching his development has been nothing short of phenomenal,” Leitao said. “When you play that position if anybody defines it by points, then they don’t really know a whole lot about basketball. His ability to lead and lead teams to win, which I think in a team sport is the most important thing, is beyond comparison. There are others across the country that get more publicity because their stats are gaudier, but since he’s walked on Villanova’s campus, they’ve won a ton of games and he’s been the most integral part at the most integral position. So if we’re going to judge a quarterback in football by winning or a point guard in basketball by winning, then he stands alone as the guy that should be most considered Player of the Year if we’re going to look at it the right way.”
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