Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley was expected to be one of the top teams in
the state this year with a roster that features four-star 2015 guard
serious knee injury to Dozier forced Bruner to step into a more prominent role
this season and helped him develop his game.
The 6-foot-8 combo forward averaged a double-double this year on his way to
leading Spring Valley into the second round of the state tournament.
"Our season was a little disappointing after losing P.J. to his injury, but we
still managed to win some games and make it to second round of the state
playoffs," Bruner said. "I think I averaged around 15 points and 10 rebounds
this year. I played pretty well."
Bruner started to reel in interest from college coaches last summer playing with
the Upward Stars, and that only increased as he put up big numbers as a
letters and called my coaches about me. There are a lot of schools that come in
for P.J. that are watching me too."
Bruner's already started the process of taking unofficial visits. He took visits
to Clemson both during football and basketball season and saw two great games
and great atmospheres.
"I went on a couple unofficial to Clemson. I went to their football game against
Georgia and their basketball game against Duke. It's a nice school. The
football game was really intense and then they beat Duke as an underdog, so that
was really great too. It was a pretty good environment."
Being that Bruner lives right in Columbia, he's seen South Carolina's campus and
basketball program up close his whole life.
"I've been to South Carolina too just because it's so close. It's a really nice
Bruner also mentioned that he attended a camp at the University of Georgia last
"I've been to a team camp at Georgia once and just saw the gym and talked to the
coaches real quick. They introduced me to the coach and I talked to him really
With no offers in hand just yet, Bruner is hoping this July will be his
breakthrough where he'll become a top target for schools in the 2016 class.
"I don't really have any favorites yet. It's still pretty early. I'm hoping I
blow up this summer and start getting more offers and then I'll decide just
whenever I feel comfortable with a school."
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