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Morning Rumble: Joey Brunk commits to Butler, Rick Pitino visits American Pharoah

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In Monday's Morning Rumble, Joey Brunk commits to a Big East school, Rick Pitino gets an up close look at the Triple-Crown winner, Jay Henderson has transferred to Louisville and Tyler Foster will be a member of the Hoyas in 2017.

Big news for the Butler Bulldogs as they landed their first 2016 recruit, three-star Indianapolis center Joey Brunk. Brunk, who will play alongside transfer point guard Kethan Savage and a number of other effective players in 2016, is a perfect fit for Chris Holtmann's system as the true center has a high basketball IQ, has good hands and solid rebounding skills.

The 6'10" athlete had a number of other offers, including, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Stanford and Xavier, but he felt staying at home and playing in the Big East was the perfect fit.

Rick Pitino is very involved in horse racing as he owns 5 percent of 2013 Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents and is part owner of Empress of Midway. On Saturday, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah returned to Churchill Downs (the site of the Kentucky Derby) to greet a loud ovation of excited horse racing fans and Rick Pitino was in on the fun.

Pitino received an up close look at the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

These of the perks of bringing a good team to greatness while also have a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

In other Louisville news, former St. John's walk-on Jay Henderson will attend Louisville to play with Pitino. He will maintain his walk-on status, but maybe down the road a scholarship is a possibility if he continues to improve.

Henderson was promised a scholarship by former Johnnies head coach Steve Lavin and ultimately, the 6'5" shooter decided to move in another direction with Chris Mullin at the helm.

North Carolina State big man Lennard Freeman is recovering from surgery to cure a broken leg and the rising junior will need three to four months to recover.

Freeman, who was apart of last year's Wolfpack team that upset Villanova in the NCAA Tournament, averaged 3.6 points per game and a team high 5.6 boards.

Flipping to the Big East, class of 2017 shooting guard Tyler Foster committed to Georgetown, the team that he has been a fan of for his entire life. Foster is a 4-star prospect but is not ranked in the 2017 ESPN top 60 recruiting rankings.

Foster had offers from VCU, Southern Mississippi and Dayton, in addition to the Hoyas (St. John's had some interest). The 6'5" Baltimore native was a huge Allen Iverson fan and the thought of playing for the team he grew up watching the most trumped everything.