Joey Brunk receives hardship waiver from NCAA

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INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA provides approved an additional college basketball period for Butler’s Joey Brunk.

Brunk, 20, a 6-11 Indiana All-Star from Southport, was granted a good hardship waiver. He therefore becomes a freshman in eligibility, joining a first-year Butler class that includes Aaron Thompson, Christian David and Jerald Gillens-Butler.

Brunk played found in seven games this past year, none after Dec. 10. He spent the rest of the winter tending to his ailing father, Joe Brunk, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Due to the family circumstance, the decision was designed for Joey to sit out the rest of the season and apply to be considered a redshirt freshman. Joe Brunk died April 15 at age 56.

During his father’s condition, Joey spent exactly one nighttime in his dorm place.

“It was hard to justify staying at my dorm room when my mom and dad and brother were that close,” he said in a recent interview.

Joey heeded the advice of another former Butler player, Erik Fromm, who shed his father to malignancy in 2013. Fromm’s concept: You cannot constitute time spent with your dad.

“That’s more important than anything I could have done last year,” Joey said. “That’s something I’ll by no means regret or ever before look back on.”

As a high school senior in 2016, Brunk was a high 100 recruit and one of three finalists for IndyStar Mr. Basketball. He helped Southport to a 22-7 record and its first regional title since 1990.

He has come off the bench found in seven of nine games for the Bulldogs (7-2). In 36 mins played – or the equivalent of one full video game – he has 10 details and 15 rebounds. Mentor LaVall Jordan provides repeatedly described the strength Brunk brings when he’s called upon.

“I’ve a renewed impression of appreciate and passion for all of this,” Brunk said.

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