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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 7:20 pm

Butler transfer Brunk coming to IU

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Former Butler center Joey Brunk will transfer to Indiana for his final two seasons of eligibility, he announced Tuesday via Twitter. As a graduate transfer, he will be immediately eligible to play.

"I’ve grown up an Indiana kid & I’m proud of where I come from," Brunk wrote on Twitter. "Excited to be an Indiana Hoosier & play for Coach (Archie) Miller. Looking forward to joining the tradition."

Brunk, an Indianapolis native and Southport graduate, averaged 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds with the Bulldogs in 2018-19, shooting close to 62 percent from the field. Indiana has two scholarships open after the center's commitment, following the transfers of Clifton Moore and Jake Forrester and Romeo Langford's decision to enter the NBA Draft.

Brunk's commitment gives the Hoosiers depth in the frontcourt that they lacked after the transfers of Moore and Forrester. Senior De'Ron Davis still figures to be the starter at center, but the 6-foot-11, 230-pound Brunk should be a capable backup and will be able to step in if Davis' nagging injury issues crop up again. 

This is the second straight year Indiana has brought in a grad transfer. Evan Fitzner came in from St. Mary's in May 2018, but did not have the impact that many hoped he would, averaging just 3.5 points and shooting 31 percent from beyond the 3-point line last season. The Hoosiers have gotten significant contributions in the past from grad transfers Max Bielfeldt and Nick Zeisloft.

The NCAA is currently debating a change to the grad transfer rule that could make it less attractive for programs to bring them in. There could be a vote on the new rule as early as this week, but it's unclear will affect players from this recruiting class, such as Brunk.

dsinn@jg.net