By Julie Glass

Villanova point guard Jalen Brunson will return for his junior season in 2017-18.

Brunson, who averaged 14.7 points and 4.1 assists per game, made the decision to eschew the NBA for one more year after consulting with his father (former Temple star Rick Brunson) and Villanova coach Jay Wright.

Brunson’s return gives the Wildcats a talented, if inexperienced, potential starting five.

Redshirt freshman Donte DiVincenzo starred in Villanova’s two NCAA tournament games this season, scoring 36 points. Mikal Bridges averaged nearly 30 minutes per game. Phil Booth should return after missing the entire season with knee tendinitis. Booth scored 20 points in the Wildcats’ 2016 national title game. And freshman big man Omari Spellman will be available after missing the entire season because of academic ineligibility.

Brunson, a onetime McDonald’s All American out of Chicago, was a first-team All-Big East selection this season.