Brunner To Iowa

A lot of people might not be hip to this, but Steve Alford's Iowa Hawkeyes actually have two commitments from the Class of 2002. Greg Brunner, a combo forward from Charles City, Iowa, is the second player from Hank Huddleson's Martin Brothers Select program to commit to Iowa. PG Jeff Horner was the first.

Greg Brunner (6-6/220), a forward from the Martin Brothers Select team, is Steve Alford's second commitment from the Class of 2002. Earlier this month at the Spiece Run ‘n Slam, Brunner played an instrumental role in his team's run to the event championship where they defeated Warrick County of Indiana.

At first glance, Brunner appears to be a little undersized for his position. However, don't let the 6-6 fool you. He's a good, strong athlete who absolutely loves to get on the glass. He has fine skills and exhibits a propensity to distribute the basketball. So, how will he fit in at Iowa?

Well, he'll probably play a very versatile role for the Hawkeyes. He'll be one of those guys whose position might be a little difficult to define, but he'll bring intensity and energy to ballgames.

Just a few years ago, it was fairly easy for rival recruiters to come into Iowa and steal away the state's best prospects. Now, Alford is making that very difficult. No, there wasn't much of a recruiting battle for Brunner, but he speaks to Alford's message: it's going to be tough getting prospects away from the Hawkeyes in their own state. It might be a while before a program can come in and nab a Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison out from under the noses of the Iowa staff.

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