Former Illinois Prep Athletes and their NBA Playoff Performances- April 25- Brunson and Strus Receive Votes in NBA’s Most Improved Player Voting Poll

Jalen Brunson (Stevenson) was the only active former Illinois prep NBA player in action on Monday. After a Game 4 loss, Brunson and his Dallas Maverick teammates pushed forward and took down the Utah Jazz in convincing fashion with their 102-77 win.

Below is Brunson’s box score and other related posts from the game.

Box Score

  • Jalen Brunson (Stevenson)- 37 minutes, 24 points, 9/20 FG, 1/7 3PT, 5/5 FT, 2 offensive rebounds, 5 total rebounds, 4 assists, a steal, a turnover, and +23 in a 102-77 win over the Utah Jazz.
    • Scored 23 or more points in all five playoff games.

Extra News

The NBA announced the 2021-22 KIA NBA Most Improved Player on Monday. After a stellar season, the award was given to 22-year-old Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies. He’s not your typical player that many would expect to win this award but he made a significant amount of jumps in his game that the voters felt he deserved the award.

Two former Illinois prep athlete received votes. Jalen Brunson (Stevenson) placed 11th after receiving two third place votes and Max Strus (Stagg) place 12th thanks to one third place vote.

Both Brunson and Strus improved in nearly every stat category in a season that they made valuable contribution to contending teams.

Brunson had career highs in games, games started, minutes played, field goals, field goal attempts, three point attempts, two pointers, two point attempts, free throws, free throw attempts, free throw percentage, offensive rebounds, total rebounds, assists, a steal, and points. He also tied his career-highs in three pointers.

Strus also made a large leap this season. He went from a role player to being a starter to now being their second-highest scorer in the Heat-Hawks series. This season, he had career-highs in games, games started, minutes played, field goals, field goal attempts, three pointers, three point attempts, three point percentage, free throws, free throw attempts, total rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and points.

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