Taylor Bruninga’s Stock Rises

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All Taylor Bruninga has done to open the season is score 30-or-more points in five straight games.

He’s averaging about 38 points and 15 rebounds a game for Illini Bluffs (3-2).

“I feel I have a lot room to improve,” said Bruninga. “I feel like I’m getting better each game, getting into the flow better.”

He entered high school as a guard but after growing six inches in first two years at Illini Bluffs, the 6-7 Bruninga is now a inside force that can still play like a guard.

“I still feel like I have a lot of guard qualities, I can bring the ball up the floor but I feel like I’ve developed my post game more,” said Bruninga. “That’s helped me out.”

Since putting together a big AAU season this summer, Bruninga’s name has raced up the recruiting lists of college coaches. Bradley, Illinois State and Northern Iowa are the Missouri Valley schools interested in him.

And Tuesday, he took an unofficial visit to Illinois to watch the Illini beat North Carolina State.

Bruninga doesn’t mind all the attention. He says that’s good for him and his school.

“When you’re a small school, (and)  people don’t know where Illini Bluffs or Glasford is, that’s true,” said IB head coach Clay Vass. “But you get a guy like Taylor who can break the ice with college coaches, they see the quality that we are producing at Illini Bluffs, and they’ll come back.”

College coaches have seen quite a bit of Bruninga in the first week of the season. SIU-Edwardsville was the most recent coaching staff to meet with him after a game.

“Having me getting seen will benefit a lot of our younger players as they come up through the program,” said Bruninga. “They are going to get seen by a lot of college coaches. That will benefit our whole program.”

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