IU makes Brunk’s transfer official

It’s official now. Joey Brunk is a Hoosier.

Indiana announced Brunk’s addition to the program Monday with a press release touting him as leader poised to boost IU’s standing in the Big Ten. The Butler graduate transfer originally announced his commitment to Indiana on April 16, choosing the Hoosiers over interest from Ole Miss, Florida, Northwestern and UCF.

“Joey is an experienced frontcourt player who has the size and heart to compete effectively in the Big Ten,” IU coach Archie Miller said in a statement. “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.”

This past year, he played in 33 games and started 13 times for the Bulldogs, averaging 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. He also shot 61.7 percent from the floor and scored in double figures nine times last season.

Brunk was granted a hardship waiver during the 2016-17 season as his family dealt with the loss of his father, Joe, to cancer.

As noted at the time of his commitment two weeks ago, Brunk is eligible immediately and will have two years to play at IU.

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