Villanova’s Jalen Brunson entering NBA draft

Consensus NCAA player of the year and two-time national champion Jalen Brunson will be leaving Villanova for the NBA.

The junior guard announced his decision Wednesday to enter the NBA draft in an essay published by ESPN.com.

“After careful consideration and prayer, I have decided to enter the June NBA draft and hire an agent,” he wrote in the essay.

Brunson helped the Wildcats to the national title this season, two years after they won the 2016 championship.

He averaged 18.9 points, 4.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds on his way to earning both the Wooden and Naismith National Player of the Year awards and being named men’s college basketball player of the year by The Associated Press. He also earned Big East Player of the Year honors.

Brunson’s father, Rick, is a former NBA player who is now an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Brunson was the second Villanova player to declare for the draft this week, making his announcement one day after teammate Mikal Bridges.