Helped by a perfect performance from Donte DiVincenzo but piloted all year by leaders Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges, Villanova dominated Michigan, crowning both this year’s champion and the sport’s newest royalty.
He was already one of the year’s most polarizing prospects, even before a string of decisions during the pre-draft process—most notably eschewing an agent and making his mother his manager—caused some NFL teams to bristle. Through it all, Jackson and his mother are the same as they’ve always been: silent and singularly focused on making him a starting quarterback
Its national championship dreams dashed by an elite Villanova team, Michigan will now wait for the NBA decisions of Moritz Wagner and Charles Matthews. But no matter what happens, John Beilein has his program in a strong place.