Bulldogs land Brunk

Butler snagged a huge pledge on Sunday to start their 2016 recruiting class.

From the moment Chris Holtmann was named head coach at Butler he made four-star center Joey Brunk a priority target. The local product from Indianapolis (Ind.) Southport rewarded that work on Sunday afternoon.

“I am very excited to commit to Butler,” said the 6-foot-10 Brunk. “Coach Holtmann recruited me as an assistant, then as the interim head coach, and now as the head coach and I just feel that Butler was the best fit for me.”

Though Butler was the team in the end that landed Brunk, he said it wasn’t an easy decision.

“I really want to thank all of the schools that recruited me,” said Brunk. “The state of Indiana has the best basketball schools in the world and everybody did a good job of recruiting me, but in the end I felt Butler was the best fit.

For Brunk he feels the style of play fits what he was looking for in a school.

“I just feel like I fit in best with what they want to do in terms of throwing the ball into the post and working their bigs,” said Brunk.

Even with that, Brunk knows nothing will be handed to him.

“I have a long way to go, I know that,” said Brunk. “My goal is to work as hard as I can for the next year and a half and hopefully I will be ready to come in and contribute right away. Nothing has been promised to me in terms of playing time, but I expect to work hard and improve enough to be in the lineup as a freshman.”

This is a big pickup for the Bulldogs as Brunk is a four-star prospect and the No. 92 player overall.

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