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  • As of October 22, 2018.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medals: 2018 Youth Olympic Games, 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Bronze medal: 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup.
  • International Tournament Titles: 2018 Latvia U17 International Invitational, 2018 Spokane Hoopfest (3x3), 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship.
  • Member of the 2018 U.S. Youth Olympic Games Women's Basketball Team that earned gold with a 7-0 slate at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games 3x3 competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina; averaged 4.6 ppg., 3.3 rpg. and 1.7 apg. (The USA team averaged 20.1 ppg., 17.3 rpg. and 9.0 apg.).
  • Member of the 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team that captured gold with a perfect 7-0 record in Minsk, Belarus.
  • Aided the USA to a three-game sweep of Canada, China and Latvia in a pre-U17 World Cup exhibition tournament in Leipaja, Latvia.
  • Captured the 2018 Spokane Hoopfest, a 3x3 tournament, open division championship, with her 2018 Youth Olympic Games teammates.
  • Teamed up with Aliyah Boston, Paige Bueckers and Hailey Van Lith to capture the 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship, and the four went on to claim gold at the Youth Olympic Games.
  • Helped the 2017 USA U16 National Team capture the FIBA Americas U16 Championship gold medal with a perfect 5-0 record in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which qualified the U.S. for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup; started all five games and averaged team second-bests of 11.0 ppg. and  7.0 rpg.
  • Member of the 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team that finished with a 6-1 slate and the bronze medal in Zaragoza, Spain; played in six games and averaged 2.0 ppg. and 1.0 rpg.
  • Aided the USA U17 team to a 58-46 exhibition victory over France.

College Notes

  • Verbally committed to the University of Notre Dame.

High School Honors

  • 2018 Naismith High School All-America third team.
  • 2018 USA Today All-USA second team.
  • 2018 Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year.
  • 2018 MaxPreps High School All-America third team.
  • 2018 Virginia Class 3 Player of the Year.
  • 2018 Central Virginia Player of the Year.
  • 2018 Northwestern District Player of the Year.
  • 2018 Region B Player of the Year.
  • 2018 all-state, All-Northwestern District and All-Region B first team.
  • 2018 USA Today All-USA Virginia first team and 2017 third team.
  • 2017 Virginia Class 3A All-State first team.
  • 2017 All-Class 3A East Region first team.
  • 2016 and 2017 Bull Run District Player of the Year.

High School Notes

  • Has played three varsity seasons at William Monroe High School in Standardsville, Virginia.
  • Amassed more than 2,000 career points and 1,139 rebounds in 75 games played in her three-year prep career.
  • As a junior in 2017-18, started all 25 games and averaged 30.0 ppg., 15.6 rpg. and 3.5 apg. in leading her team to a 23-2 record and the state quarterfinals.
  • As a sophomore in 2016-17, started in all 24 games and led her team with 25.0 ppg., 12.5 rpg., 3.3 apg., 2.2 spg. and 3.4 bpg. to help her team to a 16-8 record; scored 601 points during her sophomore season, including 30+ five times and a season high of 40 points (vs. Clarke County).
  • As a freshman in 2015-16, started in all 26 games and averaged 25.0 ppg., 17.3 rpg., 2.5 apg., 1.8 spg. and 2.9 bpg. to help her team to a 20-6 record.
  • Holds Virginia High School League records for most points by a freshman (650) and single-game rebounds (28).
  • Plays in the summer for Fairfax Stars 17U in the Nike EYBL.

Personal Notes

  • Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and now resides in Ruckersville, Virginia.
  • Daughter of Katie and Rod Brunelle; is an only child.
  • Father played baseball at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, was drafted by the Phillies and spent several years in the Minor League.
  • Prefers to go by “Sam.”
  • Principal’s honor roll in six semesters, boasts a 4.15 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society and is a Future Business Leaders of America officer.
  • 2015-16 Future Business Leaders of America presentation was first in district and third in state.

THE BRUNELLE FILE

  • Twitter: @babybruney33
  • Instagram: @sambrunelle33
  • First played basketball: when she was 3 because her mom was a coach.
  • Enjoys: shopping, movies and hanging out with friends and teammates.
  • Top five movies: “Love & Basketball,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Hidden Figures,” “Heaven Is For Real” and “Me Before You.”
  • Favorite player: Elena Delle Donne.
  • Favorite class: English.
  • Most played song: “Setting Fires,” by the Chainsmokers.
  • Favorite pregame meal: chicken, green beans and mac & cheese.
  • Inspired by: her mom and Elena Delle Donne.
  • International travels: Argentina in 2017 and  Spain in 2016 with USA Basketball and Canada in 2017 and 2018 for the Across Borders Global Games.

USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM   G/S   MIN/AVG   FGM-FGA   PCT   3PM-3PA   PCT   FTM-FTA   PCT   REB/AVG   PTS/AVG   AST   TO   BLK   STL 
2018 U17 7/0 75/10.7 10- 27 .370 1- 13 .077 0- 0 .--- 19/ 2.7 21/ 3.0 6 5 1 2
2018 U17X 3/0 34/11.3 4- 10 .400 1- 5 .200 4- 4 1.000 11/ 3.7 13/ 4.3 1 2 3 0
2017 U16 5/5 114/22.8 16- 55 .291 9- 26 .346 14- 15 .933 35/ 7.0 55/ 11.0 15 9 11 7
2016 U17 6/0 25/4.2 4- 13 .308 2- 7 .286 2- 4 .500 6/ 1.0 12/ 2.0 0 3 1 0
2016 U17X 1/0 6/6.0 0- 2 .000 0- 1 .000 0- 2 .000 1/ 1.0 0/ 0.0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 22/5 254/11.5 34- 107 .224 13- 52 .250 20- 25 .800 72/ 3.3 101/ 4.6 22 19 16 9

 

USA Basketball 3X3 Statistics

NAME   G/S   MIN/AVG   1PM-1PA   PCT   2PM-2PA   PCT   FTM-FTA   PCT   ORB   DRB   REB/AVG   PTS/AVG   AST   TO   BLK   STL 
2018 YOG 7/5 44/6.3 24- 37 .649 4- 11 .364 4- 5 .800 11 12 23/ 3.3 32/ 4.6 12 9 3 8

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