Bruner returning to form

For Jordan Bruner, the 2014-15 season was the one that wasn’t. The talented power forward tore the meniscus in his left knee last fall and missed almost the entire year as he recuperated.

Now back on the court with the Upward Stars, Jordan Bruner has begun to gain comfort and confidence in his repaired knee.

”I started playing at the beginning of the AAU season, but it was still kind of iffy,” Bruner said. “I’ve been playing limited minutes. I wouldn’t say I’m real healthy yet. I’m about 70 to 75 percent, but I’m starting to feel a lot better and do a lot of rehab in the pool. It’s helping a lot.”

Bruner’s play was uneven this past weekend at the David Rose MDC, where at times he performed too quietly while on other occasions he demonstrated his clear high-major promise.

Bruner is an easy prospect to spot. He’s 6-9 and carries very long arms, and his length and athleticism make him a factor as a transition finisher and offensive rebounder. He’s very far away in terms of strength, but down the road he could become an uptempo specialist who also makes some plays on the interior.

He also wields a smooth jump shot. Bruner’s release is slow and he’ll need to speed that up, but there’s no disputing his touch. And, at 6-9, he doesn’t have to feature a lightning-quick release.

Although he plays at Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley, Bruner actually hails from the Midwest rather than the Palmetto State. That means, unlike former Spring Valley teammate P.J. Dozier — who signed with the hometown Gamecocks last November — he doesn’t feel any particular geographical pull as he mulls his college options.

”I wasn’t actually raised in South Carolina,” Bruner said. “I’m from Oklahoma City and don’t have a preference to stay close to either one of those.”

About those options. His recruitment obviously stalled a little during his recovery process simply because college coaches were unable to observe him, but nevertheless he holds multiple offers.

” I just picked up an offer from Central Florida, and I have offers from Richmond, Yale, Clemson, Towson, Charleston ...,” Bruner said. Nothing will happen before the end of my AAU season. I’ve also heard from Miami a little bit, Wichita State has contacted me recently, and Stanford.”

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