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  • As of July 2, 2018

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medal: 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Bronze medal: 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship.
  • Tournament Titles: 2018 Spokane Hoopfest (3x3), 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship.
  • Captured the 2018 Spokane Hoopfest, a 3x3 tournament, open division championship, with her 2018 Youth Olympic Games teammates.
  • Named to the 2018 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Cup Team on May 30, 2018.
  • Named to the 2018 U.S. Youth Olympic Games Women's Basketball Team on April 4, 2018; will represent the USA in the 3x3 basketball competition at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games Oct. 6-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Teamed up with Aliyah Boston, Paige Bueckers and Hailey Van Lith to capture the 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship.
  • 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/G FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST TO BLK STL
2017 U16 5/5 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 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 6.0 0- 2 .000 0- 1 .000 0- 2 .000 1/ 1.0 0/ 0.0 0 -- 0 0
Totals 12/5
20- 70 .285 11- 34 .324 16- 21 .762 42/ 3.5 67/ 5.6 15 12 12 7

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