Indiana center Joey Brunk announced Saturday night that he is transferring to Ohio State.
Listed at 6-foot-11 and 255 pounds, Brunk will add some necessary size to the Ohio State front court. He missed last season with a back injury and chose to use the extra year the NCAA granted to become a Buckeye.
This will be Brunk’s second time having Chris Holtmann as his head coach. Brunk began his career with Holtmann at Butler in 2016-2017. He played three years with the Bulldogs before transferring to Indiana prior to the 2019-2020 season.
With the Hoosiers, he averaged 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, starting 31 of 32 contests in 2019-2020.
Regarding the back injury, how it happened is a bit of a mystery, but it did require surgery because rehab wasn’t getting the job done.
“We’re not really sure how it started,” Brunk told the Indianapolis Star back in February. “Might have just been a playing-mileage issue, being an older guy. I had a small issue with my disc. It wasn’t quite healing. We wanted to be cautious.”
Brunk’s news comes the same week that Buckeye post player Kyle Young announced that he would be returning for a fifth year. Together, Brunk, Young, and a sophomore Zed Key will give Ohio State more depth in the post than they had this past season.
If the Buckeyes can get EJ Liddell and Duane Washington back, the possibilities are very intriguing for next year’s squad.
[Joey Brunk photo courtesy of IUHoosiers.com.]