Former William Monroe star Brunelle enters transfer portal
SOUTH BEND, In. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Former William Monroe star and Notre Dame forward Sam Brunelle has entered the NCAA transfer portal, her mom tells CBS19.
Brunelle will finish her degree and graduate from Notre Dame this summer with a degree in film, television and theatre before having two years of eligibility remaining. The Greene County native officially announced her decision via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
"I want to thank Coach McGraw for giving me the opportunity to become Fighting Irish, and also to Coach Ivey for continuing to help me grow on and off the court," Brunelle said in a statement, "I am also grateful to have had such an amazing support staff behind me over the past few years."
The junior forward played in 32 games this past season for the Fighting Irish, averaging 6.8 points and 2.5 rebounds off the bench as Notre Dame reached the NCAA Tournament and Sweet 16 for the first time since 2019. Brunelle started her career by earning ACC All-Freshman honors and scoring 13.9 points per game, while starting all 31 games. Since then Brunelle has struggled with a few injuries and faced a coaching change after legendary Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw retired in 2020.
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At William Monroe, Brunelle stared for the Dragons ending her career with 2,229 points and 1,272 rebounds. Brunelle was ranked as the No. 6 player in the country in the Class of 2019 and at one time rose to No. 1 overall. She was also named a McDonald's All-American in 2019 and the Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year in 2018.