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Last updated: Sat. Jul. 12, 2014 - 12:22 pm EDT

adidas Invitational Profile: Southport's Joey Brunk

Young big man strong defensively


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INDIANAPOLIS - The News-Sentinel sports staff is spending the week covering the happenings of the annual adidas Invitational, which features many of the top prep basketball players in the country.

We will be compiling profiles of a number of athletes. Here is another in the series:


6-10, Center

Southport High School


Considering: Said he is still early in recruitment and not narrowed down his list as offers are still coming.

Offers: Purdue, Iowa, Mississippi, New Mexico, Xavier and a plethora of schools that are “interested.”

Ratings: Rivals - unrated; Scout - 65th in 2016; 247Sports - 114th in 2016

Jonathan's take: Brunk has the physical tools to be a solid center in a major conference. He has the height and at approximately 240-pounds, he offers the size to go with it.

With this size, Brunk moves well defensively. In his first game at the adidas Invitational he caused two travels by moving quickly laterally and denying a guard a chance to drive by him from the elbow.

He also is very strong on the glass and has a knack for reading where the ball will bounce off a shot, grabbing seven offensive rebounds.

His offensive game could use some refinement as he needs to finish stronger, but the tools are there to be a contributor down low. As a junior, he has two years to continue to build his offensive skillset, which in turn will build his offer sheet. At this point in his career, he has some similarities to what Travis Carroll was as a high school player.

On college coaches evaluating him: “I mean, I notice it. I'm going to notice it, but I try not to think about it because you know, coach said it to me this morning, no offer is going to be won or lost in one game. Go out and play hard.”

On playing against big or small line-ups: “I personally like playing against teams that have bigs (taller players) because more of something I work on to be able to play against bigger kids. But whatever the team has I have to play hard and try to use the stuff I work on, but some of the stuff I work on I'm not going to have to use against teams without bigs.”

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