The Butler Bulldogs’ frontcourt just got a lot smaller.
6-foot-11 center Joey Brunk will be leaving the Bulldogs. He plans on completing his degree and graduating early and after doing so in May, he will go elsewhere. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Brunk, a redshirt sophomore, played in 33 games this season—starting in 13 contests—averaging 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds. He shot 61.7 percent on the floor. His best showing of the year came in an outing that lasted for a season-high 31 minutes. He racked up 20 points and 10 rebounds in a narrow 76-75 loss to Seton Hall on Jan. 9.
There is no destination at this point. He was recruited to Butler by former head coach Chris Holtmann, but stayed around through the first two seasons of successor LaVall Jordan. Brunk was a four-star forward coming out of high school, opting to join the Bulldogs over Xavier, Purdue, Indiana, Oklahoma, Michigan State, and Iowa.
Brunk added a physical presence down low, but also a reliable, efficient scorer in the low block. With Nate Fowler graduating, and Brunk transferring, the Bulldogs will be losing the biggest members of their frontcourt.