2016 Intro: Joey Brunk

Post man Joey Brunk made a major statement game one of his sophomore season.

The state of Indiana hasn't produced too many post players over the past couple of years, but in the 2016 class there seem to be a few emerging. One for sure is Indianapolis (Ind) Southport standout Joey Brunk.

Standing every bit of 6-foot-9 and seemingly still growing, Brunk has really developed in the past 12 months as a player. The intriguing post man with excellent hands and solid footwork started his sophomore season off with a 21 point and 10 rebound effort, and he came away happy with how things went on night one.

"I'm just happy we won," said Brunk. "Whatever happened individually happened, and we went out and played hard and it all took care of itself."

Brunk continued, "I've been working a lot on my overall body strength. I am starting to grow into my body, and my skills have definitely improved. I have also gained more confidence and just doing everything I can do."

Schools such as Butler, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, UCLA, and Xavier have all had some interest in Brunk on the recruiting trail and he has made a few visits.

"I have made two unofficials to Michigan State, I have been to Xavier a few times, and I think I will go back to Michigan State in a couple of weeks for one of their games," said Brunk.

When it comes to the Spartans they have done a good job early on of recruiting him, and Brunk likes the way they play.

"They get the ball to their bigs and play as a team," said Brunk. "They are fun to watch. I remember when they played Kentucky they scored the ball a couple of times without ever taking a dribble. They would outlet it, they would pass it to someone else, and then he would dunk it. It is fun to watch, and it would be fun to be a part of."

Also Xavier has made an early impression on Brunk with the interest they have been showing him.

"I've talked to Coach (Travis) Steele quite a bit, and they have been to open gym a few times," noted Brunk. "I made a visit a few months ago and I really enjoyed it. They are all real great guys over there and they definitely like to get the ball to their bigs."

When it comes to Indiana and Purdue, both the in-state Big Ten schools have shown some interest, and he has been to both campuses.

"I haven't had a whole lot of contact with them, but I went down to Hoosier Hysteria and that was fun," said Brunk of Indiana. "It was a real good atmosphere and they have a great program."

About Purdue he said, "I took a visit in June with Coach (Kyle) Simpson, and they have been to open gym a few times, but I haven't had a ton of contact with them."

For now Brunk is focused on improving, which is something he has done a lot of over the last 12 months.

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