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Joey Brunk apparently returning for sixth year

Indiana center Joey Brunk was not listed among the IU players and managers who will be giving recorded Senior Day speeches, according to a list provided by Indiana athletics. This apparently means Brunk intends to return for a sixth year of college if he is healthy to return, utilizing the NCAA’s decision to not count the 2020-21 season against anyone’s eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brunk has not played in a game this season due a back problem that required surgery early in the season. He averaged 6.8 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game last season in his first year after transferring from Butler.

Brunk was granted a hardship waiver as a true freshman at Butler in 2016-17 when his father was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in April of 2017. He spent the next two seasons with the Bulldogs before transferring to Indiana.

Seniors Al Durham and Cooper Bybee were on the list of players giving Senior Day speeches, indicating that they do not intend to seek a fifth year in the program.