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All Quotes by author - Jalen Brunson
" Any kid in my position coming from being an All-American and all that wants to be the guy that makes all the plays coming into their freshman year. "
" Good leaders, good team players, know how to make the most of everything. "
" He's always been tough on me, but I've had to figure out when he's being a coach and when he's being a dad. Once I figured that out, it was much easier. It's definitely tough, something that took years to figure out. Just knowing he was looking for what's best for me, not just yelling at me as a parent. It took maturity. "
" Honestly, I really just think I work too hard to feel any pressure. "
" I can adapt to any situation. "
" I can control how hard I play. This is how I respond to coaching. This is how I respond to my teammates. If I focus on that, the other things that come with that are going to come. "
" I expect myself to be the best player I can be. I really believe I can be one of the best who's ever played. That's how hard I work. That's going to be my mindset no matter where I am or what I'm doing. "
" I have to make sure I'm making the right play at the right time. "
" I just feel like there's a lot of things more important than just basketball, and I love basketball. It's what I want to do for the longest time possible. It's what I eat, it's what I sleep about, it's what I breathe, it's in my lifestyle. I just really feel like there's more important things than just putting the ball in the hoop. "
" I just focus on what I can control, and that's how hard I play and my attitude. "
" I just know I can't force things. I've just got to play the right way, make sure I'm making the right play at the right time. "
" I know the NBA is my all-time goal. It's what I dreamed of as a little kid. "
" I love holding myself accountable and being held accountable by my teammates. It's never easy, but it comes with the role of being a leader, and if your leadership is not up to par, then the team won't be willing to work as hard. "
" I love the game of basketball. I love being able to work every day. I love being able to watch film, be a student of the game. It may not show emotionally, but I just love that I'm able to do this. "
" I'm pretty sure everyone in the country wants a bigger role if they're not a star player. "
" I think every time I step on the court, I'm just preparing myself to be the best player I can be, be the best teammate I can be as well. "
" It's definitely nice to be relaxed and a normal kid and hang out. "
" I've been able to contribute to a lot of winning teams in my lifetime. It just comes from my mindset. I've not focused on me individually; it's what the team needs. "
" I want to be a part of a winning culture. "
" I was always taught that pressure comes when you aren't prepared or didn't work hard enough. "
" My parents always told me never be a follower, always be a leader. It's very difficult to do, to step out and be different and not follow the norm. If you want what's best for your team, you gotta be different. "
" Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat! "
" One thing I was taught growing up is it's only pressure when you're not prepared. And you're just not working hard. Those are two things I do all the time. "
" Some guys are always gifted: Amazing length, amazing athleticism. But just put me in front of that guy. That's my mindset. I'm gonna battle. "
" Stats aren't everything. "
" There's a lot of guys who are drafted and end up not playing in the NBA. They get their money for their first whatever years and end up going overseas or something like that. "
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