Jalen Brunson scores record 56 points in State Semis vs Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young)
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In the biggest game of his life, 6’2 junior point guard Jalen Brunson showed why he’s considered one of the top all around players in the nation vs #1 Chicago Whitney Young including the nation’s #1 HS senior, Duke bound Jahlil Okafor.
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In the Illinois 4A semis in Peoria, Brunson put his Stevenson HS team on his back as his teammates combined to shoot 20% vs Young’s great length (6’11 Okafor, 6’9 Paul White).
Jalen Brunson scored his team’s last 21 points. Brunson shot 16-for-30, 7-14 from three and 17-for-23 from the free-throw line. He recorded 7 rebounds and 3 steals.
No player has scored that many points in a single game in Illinois state tournament history.
Whitney Young won the game 75-68 and defeated Benet 46-44 for the title the next night. But fans in attendance will never forget Brunson’s performance for the ages. Brunson left Carver Arena to a standing ovation.
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