Former Illinois Prep Athletes and their NBA Performances- December 31- Jalen Brunson, Keifer Sykes Scores First NBA Points, and Malcolm Hill is in the COVID Protocols

Friday evening, ten former Illinois prep athletes saw minutes in various NBA games. Below I look into and share each of their NBA performances from December 31.

Best of the Day: Jalen Brunson

Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson has been playing really well since stepping into the Dallas Mavericks starting lineup.

Last 10 game (all starts) averaged: 34.7 minutes, 21 points, 3.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 0.8 steals, and 2.1 turnovers.

  • Jalen Brunson (Stevenson/Dallas Mavericks)- 35 minutes, 23 points, 11/19 FG, 1/2 3PT, an offensive rebound, 5 total rebounds, a team-high 8 assists, a game-high 3 turnovers, and +18 in a 112-96 win over the Sacramento Kings.

The Rest of the Day’s Performances

  • Sterling Brown (Proviso East/Dallas Mavericks)- 21 minutes, 8 points, 3/5 FG, 1/3 3PT, 1/2 FT, 7 rebounds, an assist, an assist, a block, and + 8 in a 112-96 win over the Sacramento Kings.
  • Richaun Holmes (Lockports/Sacramento Kings)- 29 minutes, 11 points, 5/6 FG, 1/1 FT, an offensive rebounds, 7 total rebounds, a game-high 2 blocks (tied with 2 others), 2 turnovers, and -13 in a 112-96 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Ayo Dosunmu (Morgan Park/Chicago Bulls)- 22 minutes, 3 points, 0/1 FG, 3/4 FT, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, a block, a turnovers, and a team-worst -8 (tied with Zach LaVine) in a 108-106 win over the Indiana Pacers.
  • Keifer Sykes (Marshall/Indiana Pacers)- 11 minutes, 2 points, 1/3 FG, 0/2 3PT, a rebounds, a turnover, and -3 in a 108-106 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
  • Fred VanVleet (Auburn/Toronto Raptors)- 39 minutes, a game-high 31 points, 10/27 FG, 4/13 3PT, 7/8 FT, 2 offensive rebounds, 4 total rebounds, a game-high 9 assists, 2 steals, a block, a turnover, and +11 in a 116-108 win over the Los Angeles Clippers).
  • Keita Bates-Diop (University/San Antonio Spurs)- 23 minutes, 8 points, 4/8 FG, 0/1 3PT, 2 offensive rebound, a team-high 11 total rebounds, a game-high 2 steals (tied with a few others), a team-high 2 blocks (tied with two others), a turnover, and +1 in a 118-105 loss to the Grizzlies.
  • Isaiah Roby (Dixon/Oklahoma City Thunder)- 18 minutes, 8 points, 3/3 FG, 2/2 3PT, a team-high 9 rebounds, 2 turnovers, and +7 in a 95-80 win over the New York Knicks.
  • Patrick Beverly (Marshall/Minnesota Timberwolves)- 29 minutes, 11 points, 4/10 FG, 2/6 3PT, 1/2 FT, 2 rebounds, a game-high 6 assists, 2 steals, a team-high 2 blocks (tied with Jarred Vanderbilt), and -13 in a 120-108 loss to the Utah Jazz.
  • Talen Horton-Tucker (Simeon/Los Angeles Lakers)- 22 minutes, 10 points, 2/4 FG, 6/6 FT, an offensive rebound, 3 total rebounds, 3 assists, a block, 2 turnovers, and +5 in a 139-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Extra News

Just days after having his best night in the NBA, Belleville East’s Malcolm Hill has entered COVID protocols.

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