Earlier this week, the Ohio State Buckeyes got some exciting news as Indiana transfer Joey Brunk announced that he would be committing to the program. Brunk adds a valuable frontcourt depth option for Chris Holtmann in what figures to be in an interesting season in Columbus. Notably, Brunk will rejoin Holtmann after playing under him at Butler.
Brunk spent three seasons at Butler and two at Indiana. While missing last season due to injury, Brunk has played in 92 games during his career, averaging 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and starting 31 games with the Hoosiers. Along with Ohio State, he also had offers from programs including Florida State, LSU, and Pittsburgh among others.
Considering the significant roster overhauls occurring across college basketball, it’s hard to say how Brunk will contribute for next year’s Buckeyes. With all of that said, Brunk seems destined for a reserve role for Ohio State. EJ Liddell and Kyle Young should be back, so there won’t be a ton of frontcourt minutes left for Brunk. However, he should still provide a valuable boost there. He played limited minutes in Bloomington and still made a mark.
Holtmann and his staff likely aren’t done with the transfer market, but Buckeye fans have to be excited about where things sit at the moment.