Schools staying involved with Brunk
Four-star center Joey Brunk is one of the better low block scorers in the class of 2016. The Indianapolis (Ind.) Southport star continues to pull in major interest and is taking his recruiting in stride. The 6-foot-9 and 230 pound Brunk is your typical low post center. Unlike so many other kids his size, Brunk knows what he is, and doesn’t want to change what he does, only improve on what already makes him very good. “I definitely want to be a back to the basket player, but I also want to expand my game,” said Brunk. “I want to get stronger, continue to be a good rebounder, and be better with angles on defense.” Recruiting wise Brunk says numerous schools continue to show him significant attention. “I am hearing from Michigan State, Purdue, Stanford, Xavier, Oklahoma, Butler, those are the main ones right now,” noted Brunk. Recently Brunk made a visit to Purdue and came away impressed with what he saw. “The visit to Purdue was fun,” said Brunk. “I got to talk with Ryan (Cline) and have hung out with him. We work out together and are good friends. He is recruiting me a little bit, but not too much.” He continued, “They go inside a lot. Coach (Matt) Painter tries to play through their bigs and share the ball and play the right way.” Also Brunk recently visited Butler and the Bulldogs offered him a scholarship on that trip. “I really like Coach (Chris) Holtmann,” explained Brunk. “He has been great to me. I haven’t completely thought about the coaching situation, but I like them a lot.” The two schools that have been recruiting Brunk the longest are Michigan State and Xavier, and he continues to be high on both programs. About the Spartans, Brunk said, “I like Coach (Tom) Izzo and Coach (Dane) Fife is recruitment me hard. They tell me what they want me to improve on, and I take that and I try to use it to help my game.” When it comes to Xavier, Brunk explained, “Coach (Travis) Steele is recruiting me and I really like him and have a good relationship with him and Coach (Chris) Mack. I really like how they throw the ball inside and utilize their big guys a lot.” For now Brunk is in no hurry to make his college decision and says he is focused on his high school season and winning a state championship.
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