Jalen Brunson scores record 56 points in State Semis vs Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young)
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. 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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