Brunk beginning to think visits
Four-star class of 2016 center Joey Brunk had a very strong start to his spring at the Under Armour Association event in New Orleans. The 6-foot-9 Brunk showed improvement, and now he is beginning to think about making some college visits. The Indy Hoosiers and Brunk had a bit of an up and down weekend as a whole, but he feels that they got adjusted and will step up their game as the spring goes along. “I think it was a good weekend for all of us,” said Brunk. “We adjusted to the speed and athleticism of the game as the weekend went on. It was definitely a change of pace from high school, but it was a good weekend.” During the event Brunk averaged 18.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, and he feels it was some hard work paying off. “I’ve definitely been working in the weight room to get stronger,” said Brunk. “Also I have come in before and after school to work on being more efficient with my back to the basket and also hitting the 15 to 17 foot jumper.” Recruiting wise Brunk has scholarship offers from Butler, Xavier, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Stanford, and others. In terms of where things stand in the process, Brunk said, “We are at the point now where I want to get some official visits locked down, so I know when those are going to happen. I wanted to wait until after the high school season. I was just focused on winning, and wasn’t really worried about recruiting.” One school that has been on Brunk a while is Michigan State. The Spartans offered him early in his career, and they continue to build a strong relationship with him. “I love Coach (Tom) Izzo’s passion for the game, and traditionally they always pound the ball inside,” explained Brunk. “They just got a big commitment from Caleb Swanigan a few days ago, so they are definitely a great program.” Close to home the Butler Bulldogs have been very active recruiting Brunk, and he has built a strong rapport with the coaching staff. “I really like the proximity to home,” said Brunk of Butler. “It is only about a 30 minute drive from home. Also Coach (Chris) Holtmann is a great guy, and they play great competition in the Big East.” Also the Xavier Musketeers have been on Brunk for a while, and he likes the coaches and the style of play. “I have talked to Coach (Travis) Steele and Coach (Chris) Mack for a while now. Coach Mack was at my first game this weekend which was nice. We have a good relationship, and I like the way they threw the ball down low to (Matt) Stainbrook and Jalen Reynolds this year.” Currently Brunk is viewed as the No. 17 center and the No. 78 player overall.
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