Indiana officially announced the addition of Butler grad transfer Joey Brunk on Monday afternoon.
Brunk committed to the Hoosiers on Tuesday, April 16. The full release from IU media relations is available below:
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Archie Miller has announced that Indianapolis native Joey Brunk, a 6-11, 230 lb., center, will join the program as a graduate transfer and have two season’s of eligibility remaining. He comes to IU from Butler where he spent three years with the Bulldog program from 2016-19 and averaged 5.0 points and shot 60.1% from the floor in 60 games. He will graduate this spring with a degree in education from Butler and is immediately eligible to play at IU the next two seasons.
This past year, he played in 33 games and started 13 times for the Bulldogs. He averaged 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and an assist. He also shot 61.7% from the floor making 95 of 154 field goal attempts. He scored in double figures nine times last season and posted a season-best 20-point, 10 rebound effort at Seton Hall. He also had eight points and five rebounds against the Hoosiers in the Crossroads Classic.
As a redshirt freshman, he played in 20 games and averaged 1.3 points and 1.8 rebounds. He played seven games in 2016-17 and averaged 3.0 points and 1.0 rebounds. He was granted a hardship waiver that season as his family was dealing with the loss of his father Joe to cancer.
A two-time All-State selection, Brunk was a 2016 graduate of Southport High School where he played for Kyle Simpson and averaged 18.3 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior and helped Cardinals to a 22-7 record and won a sectional title. He was also a member of the Indiana All-Star team following that season. He was ranked as the 69th best senior by ESPN, 97th by Scout.com and 98th by Rivals.com. He averaged 16.5 points and 9.0 rebounds as a junior for a squad which was 23-3 and was ranked as the top high school team in Indiana throughout the year. He also played for the Indiana Junior All-Stars that summer. He attended the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp and his AAU team was the Indy Hoosiers. He is the son of Helen and the late Joe Brunk and has a younger brother, Johnny.
Archie Miller on Joey Brunk:
“Joey is an experienced frontcourt player who has the size and heart to compete effectively in the Big Ten. He is a strong high percentage shooter who is an outstanding passer in the post and is someone we can play through down low. His work ethic and leadership will make our program better both on and off the court. We are excited to welcome the Brunk’s to the IU Basketball family.”
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) April 29, 2019
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