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Former four-star recruit Joey Brunk will join the Indiana basketball program after leaving Butler

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Brunk is immediately eligible to play for the Hoosiers and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
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On Tuesday former Butler center Joey Brunk announced that he will be joining the Indiana basketball program on Twitter.

Last season as a redshirt sophomore Brunk played in 33 games—starting 13 of those—for the Bulldogs. He averaged 7.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. He also shot over 60 percent from the field.

The big man was rated as a four-star recruit by 247Sports coming out of Southport High School. He was the site’s third-highest ranked recruit in the state of Indiana in the class of 2016 and chose Butler over offers from Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, and New Mexico.

Brunk joins a frontcourt that could be a bit crowded next season. He’ll compete with returning contributors De’Ron Davis and Justin Smith as well as younger players like Race Thompson, Jerome Hunter and Trayce Jackson-Davis for playing time.

The near 7-footer will be eligible immediately as he’s a grad transfer. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.