INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs continued to add size and homegrown talent for the future on Sunday morning, courtesy of Southport High School Class of 2016 center Joey Brunk. The 6-foot-10, 225-pound four-star prospect chose the Bulldogs over offers from several Big Ten Conference programs, including Indiana, Iowa, Purdue, Northwestern and Michigan State, and Big East Conference for Xavier.
“After much consideration, I’m grateful to say I’ve committed to Butler University. Overjoyed to be a part of the bulldog family,” Brunk tweeted.
He had taken an official visit to Butler earlier this month and had also taken an official to Oklahoma. Brunk is ranked as the No. 138 recruit nationally in the Class of 2016 according to Rivals, 92 out of 517 on ScoutHoops, but is rated much higher at 63 according to ESPN.
“Joey Brunk is a solid addition for Butler, especially in a class in which there are very few capable big men in the Midwest,” College Basketball Talk‘s Scott Phillips said. “Brunk has good hands and a high IQ and skill level, which makes him a nice fit for the way the Bulldogs play.”
Brunk becomes the third player Butler has landed this offseason. Jordan Gathers will use his final season of eligibility this upcoming season as a graduate transfer. Former George Washington guard Kethan Savage also transferred in, but will have to wait until the 2016-17 season. Last season, Joey Brunk averaged 16.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, pushing Southport (Indiana) to a 23-3 regular-season record. Brunk is Chris Holtmann’s first commit from the Class of 2016
Brunk is a top-100 player and the No. 13 center, 89 nationally, in the class of 2016 per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. Although Brunk won’t play for the Bulldogs until 2016, Brunk will join 6-foot-10, 225-pound three-star center Nate Fowler in his sophomore season, current starting center Andrew Chrabascz (6-7, 225 lbs.) in his senior season and 6-8, 225 pound Tyler Wideman in his junior year. The much needed size will make for a bigger bite behind the bark of the Bulldogs in the Big East.
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