Ohio State Welcomes Joey Brunk

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Ohio State has welcomed center Joey Brunk to its men’s basketball program just over a week after he announced that he would be transferring from Indiana. He is the second player to join the Buckeyes through the off-season transfer portal following former Penn State player Jamari Wheeler.

Joey Brunk commits to Ohio State
Joey Brunk commits to Ohio State

Joey Brunk, with a height of 6-feet 11-inches and weighing 225 pounds, began his college basketball career at Butler where he was a feature for three seasons. He also had a red-shirt year, in 2016-17, with now Buckeyes head coach Chris Holtmann, so is not a complete unknown. He transferred to Indiana before the 2019-20 season where he averaged 6.8 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Hoosiers in an average of 19 minutes play per game. It means that Brunk will be entering his sixth and last season of college basketball by playing with the first coach he ever signed with.

Brunk did not play any of last season because of surgery he undertook for a back injury. Even during his absence he was voted among one of four players by his teammates as a candidate for team captain. Now back to full strength, Brunk intends to take full advantage of the extra year of eligibility he has as a result of COVID 19 to suit up for coach Holtmann once again. He has said that he has a great deal of respect for Holtmann who he said was someone he could always approach for advice or when he needed to make big decisions about his playing career. He says that being able to play for Holtmann is a great way to repay him for his mentor-ship.

Joey Brunk commits to Ohio State

Brunk is expected to make a strong contribution to defense for Ohio State as well as a re-bounder. He will join a Buckeyes fore court that is set to feature senior Kyle Young, juniors Ibrahima Diallo and EJ Liddell and sophomore Zed Key if, as widely expected, Liddell withdraws from NBA draft consideration. Brunk is well known for his post defender abilities, as a scorer as well as a rebounder. His addition gives Ohio State an option to team with Zed Key to hold down the center position and keep Liddell at power forward.

Many commentators say the reason for the Buckeyes’ recent defensive struggles was due to the fact that they lacked a large player in defense. In a conference dominated by big players, it was said that Ohio State did not have the size or strength required to meet the challenge of players like Hunter Dickinson or Kofi Cockburn. While Kyle Young is an accomplished player he couldn’t defend effectively against the size of those of players, although he did his best. Joey Brunk is expected to make up for that shortfall, so to speak.

Ohio State Basketball adds transfer Justice Sueing from Cal

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Justice Sueing transferred from California to the Buckeyes. Head Coach Chris Holtmann informed everyone of the addition of Sueing, a 6’7″ forward originally from Honolulu Hawaii. Sueing posted his transfer destination on May the 10th on Twitter.

Justice Sueing
Justice Sueing

Sueing played two years for the Golden Bears and will have two years of eligibility with Ohio State after red-shirting this upcoming season to comply with undergraduate NCAA transfer rules.

Cal had few bright spots last season finishing 8-23 overall, but Sueing was one. The Golden Bears completed Pac-12 play 3-15 with their head coach Wyking Jones being let go by the school after the season. Sueing entered the transfer portal shortly thereafter.

He arrives in Columbus following a productive two seasons in Berkley. He led his team in scoring (14.3 points per game), steals (1.7) and rebounds (6/game) last year. As a true freshman, Sueing had 13.8 points/game and 5.4 boards/game.

He also brings the ability to get free-throws, something Ohio State has lacked. In 2018/2019 he averaged 5.3 attempts per match. Only Kaleb Wesson average more last season for the Buckeyes.

Sueing will become eligible at the right time for OSU. Andre Wesson will graduate at the end of this coming year leaving an opening for a forward of his size and ability.

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Holtmann has suggested that he would like to have someone red-shirt after a transfer every year he is coaching Ohio State. Point guard CJ Walker was on the bench last season after moving from Florida State. Sueing will continue this trend in 2019.

My thoughts on this week in sports

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Dorsey 1 Jackson 0

Jackson wanted AJ McCarren but was over ruled. Dorsey clearly has the ear of Browns ownership that allowed him to sign Tyrod Taylor over Jackson’s objections. That was a good move because Taylor helped the Bills get to the playoffs. The book on McCarren has mostly blank pages.

The Cavs have fallen and can’t get up.

Having lost 2 games to the Clippers then to the lowly Lakers, their chances of getting to the NBA finals don’t look good. That is hard for me to say because at one time I was a part owner of the Caves when they were a publicly held company.

The Buckeye’s basketball team got disted by the NCAA.

The “New Criteria” for ranking is supposed to devalue the last 10 games. That did not apply to the Bucks. The team stumbled badly late in the season and lost the 1st playoff game in the Big 10 Tourney. The NCAA gave them a 5th seed and a very bad matchup.

The Legion of Boom is now the Friendly Skies of United

CB Richard Sherman is a very dedicated man. He will give fits to the Seahawks for years to come. Watch out for the 49ers. They are on the rise but the Seahawks is watching their championship window close.

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Evan Silva of Rotoworld/PFTalk NBC Sports joins us to talk about the first quarter of the NFL season in terms of fantasy football.

Brent Sobleski of ESPN & Draftinsider.net joins us to talk about the top 15 teams and the OSU win at Michigan State.

Dave Kay of Walterfootball.com joins us to preview the Big 10 and Big East basketball seasons.

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