Taylor Bruninga has stormed on to the basketball scene as an All-State player in the past 12 months.
But growing up, basketball wasn’t his first love.
“I wasn’t a bad basketball player at all but I felt I was a better baseball player back then,” Bruninga explained.
But Bruninga has grown eight inches since he enrolled at Illini Bluffs High School. And he grew into a college basketball prospect.
However, the 6-8 senior still played golf and baseball throughout his prep sports. He he says even a bad day playing baseball is still fun.
“Even that game right there,” Bruning said following Saturday’s 10-0 loss to Tremont. “We were struggling. But I thought, I’m going to have an optimistic attitude because I’m probably not going to be in this position again.”
Bruninga says golf and baseball have been the perfect compliment to his basketball career, which will continue at Illinois State.
“When you have guys that have hand-eye coordination to do what Taylor does, it’s no surprise the way he shoots the ball,” ISU basketball coach Dan Muller said. “To be a good golfer, to pitch the way he does, to do what he does on the court, at his size… there’s a reason for it.”
This summer will be the first time in his life Bruninga won’t play baseball. He’ll enroll in summer school at ISU and begin working out for basketball season.
“I still get in the gym and work out (for basketball) but I really wanted to finish my senior year playing
baseball,” said Bruninga. “It’s the icing on the cake to finish high school.”