Joey Brunk Biography
Joey Brunk is a basketball player from Indianapolis, Ind. who plays for Indiana University. Brunk plays center for the Hoosiers and is in his first season with the team as a graduate transfer. Prior to playing collegiately, Brunk played high school basketball for Southport and was a rated as a four star recruit. He committed to Butler University and spent three seasons with the Bulldogs before transferring to Indiana.
- Name: Joey Brunk
- Position: Forward
- Recruiting Class: 2016
- Age: 26 years old
- Birthday: November 13, 1997
- Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
- High School: Southport High School
- AAU Team: Indy Hoosiers
- Height: 6’11” (211 cm)
- Weight: 245 lbs (111 kg)
- Seasons: 2 (2019-2020, 2020-2021)
- Jersey Number: #50
- Education: Parks and Recreation
Joey Brunk Seasons with the Hoosiers
20-12 (9-11 Big Ten)
Joey Brunk Recruiting Profile
- ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4-Star Center
- Teams: Southport High School (Indiana), Indy Hoosiers (Indiana)
- Composite Rating: 0.9409
- Composite Ranking: 107th Overall, 14th Center, 3rd in the State of Indiana
- Committed: June 14, 2015 (Butler), April 16, 2019 (Indiana)
Joey Brunk High School Career
Brunk played for head coach Kyle Simpson at Southport High School where he averaged 18.3 points per game his senior season. The Cardinals recorded a 22-7 record on their way to a regional championship before falling in the semi-state round to the New Albany Bulldogs and former Hoosier Romeo Langford.
The Indianapolis native was a member of the Indiana All-Star team, named a two-time All-State player and played AAU basketball for the Indy Hoosiers.
Indiana University Career Statistics
(Source: Indiana University Athletics)
After high school, Brunk was at Butler for three seasons where he played for Chris Holtmann for one year and then LaVall Jordan for two. During his tenure, he averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in 60 games while the Bulldogs recorded a combined 62-40. The team made it to the Sweet 16 in his first year losing to North Carolina and then the Round of 32 his final year falling to Purdue by three points.
Joey Brunk started in 31 of his 32 games while at Indiana and averaged 6.8 points per game. His first season with the Hoosiers was full of ups and downs, but ultimately gave the Hoosiers another big man that helped add depth to the team.
Brunk did not play in the 2020-2021 season due to a lower back injury.
He opted to transfer after the conclusion of the 2020-2021 season that was a disappointment for the team as a whole. He decided to join Ohio State where Holtmann was the head coach. Holtmann originally recruited Brunk when he was at Butler in 2015. This will be Brunk’s sixth season in college. It was likely that Brunk would not have had significant playing time in the system with Mike Woodson being head coach.