Brunk talks season and recruiting

Things are going very well for Joey Brunk both on the court and on the recruiting trail.

Four-star center Joey Brunk is one of the best low post players in the 2016 class. The Indianapolis (Ind.) Southport standout is having a solid junior season, and numerous colleges continue to take a close look at him on the recruiting trail.

Southport is off to a 12-0 start on the season and Brunk is having a good year on the low post. The most recent win came against a fellow undefeated team in Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor. Park Tudor is also where Brunk attended high school as a freshman, so it was a big win for him.

“We’ve had a great start to the season,” said Brunk. “We played great teams to start the season, won the Hall of Fame Classic in New Castle which was good, and now to beat these guys it was real fun.”

Recruiting wise offers have come in from Oklahoma, Xavier, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Butler, and others. Schools like Stanford and Notre Dame are also involved with Brunk who has made a few unofficial visits this year.

“I have been to a Purdue game, been to Indiana against Ohio State, and Xavier against Butler at Butler,” said Brunk.

About Indiana, Brunk said, “I talk to Coach (Tim) Buckley frequently and I talk to Coach (Tom) Crean as well. I like how they play and it was a good atmosphere down there.”

Also Butler now has Chris Holtmann as the permanent head coach. While an assistant, Holtmann developed a good relationship with Brunk, and that has been big with him now being the head coach.

“Now I know who the head coach is and I really like Coach Holtmann so I was happy he got the job,” explained Brunk. “He is a really good guy who is always calling me or texting me, so we have a good relationship.”

Probably the two schools that have been recruiting Brunk the longest are Michigan State and Xavier, and Brunk still feels good about both programs.

“I still talk to Coach (Dane) Fife frequently,” said Brunk of the Spartans. “I have been up there a couple of times, and I hope to get up there for a game at some point. I have a real good relationship with them.”

About Xavier he said, “It is definitely a school whose message rings true, they get the ball inside. Against Butler they pounded the ball in to (Matt) Stainbrook and they stay true and get the ball inside which I like.”

For now Brunk says he is no hurry to make a decision and wants to play things out before coming to any conclusion. Also his focus is squarely on helping Southport win a state title.

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