Having conquered collegiate basketball, consensus NCAA player of the year Jalen Brunson has his sights set on bigger goals.

"After careful consideration and prayer, I have decided to enter the 2018 NBA draft and hire an agent," the Villanova junior wrote in a letter to fans published on ESPN.

"It is with great honor and privilege that I have called Villanova University my home for the past three years," Brunson wrote. "When I decided to commit to Coach Jay Wright and the basketball program, I was driven by three goals: getting my education, competing at the highest level, and winning a national championship."

While education is a lifelong process, Brunson has undoubtedly already succeeded on the other two pillars of his focus.

Brunson averaged 18.8 points, 4.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and shot 40.8 percent on 3-pointers in his final collegiate season. Most impressively, perhaps, is that Brunson averaged just 1.8 turnovers in nearly 32 minutes per game while shepherding the nation's top offense.

Now, having captured national championships in 2016 and 2018 - and just about every other individual honor imaginable coming off a red-hot 2017-18 campaign - there's little left for the 6-foot-3 guard to accomplish at the college level.

At June's NBA draft, Brunson projects as a late first-/early second-round selection, going after teammate and fellow junior Mikal Bridges, who declared for the draft one day earlier.

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