DePaul Hall of Fame Class of 2013: Stanley Brundy
Jan. 18, 2013
(Last in a series of feature stories portraying the Class of 2013 inductees into the DePaul Athletic Hall of Fame)
"Brundy pounds the boards. He gets open for layups that appear routine."
The words of the late Chicago Tribune sportswriter, Bill Jauss, might describe Stanley Brundy, the player, in the best possible way.
"Fans don't seem to see him cruising down court on a fast break," Jauss scribed in a 1989 Tribune feature story. "Yet somehow he manages to get to the business end in time. Even his dunks are more functional than thundering."
An all-business, blue-collar power forward known for his tip-ins, tireless work on the glass and a couple epic matchups with Loyola Marymount, Brundy helped take the Blue Demons to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments in the mid-to-late eighties.
He ranks 16th all-time in scoring (1,375) and ninth in rebounding (835) and is one of just six players in DePaul history to rank in the top-20 in both categories along with program legends Dave Corzine, Stephen Howard, Tyrone Corbin, Terry Cummings and Curtis Watkins.
For all his career highlights, however, Brundy's two meetings with Hank Gathers - the nation's leader in scoring and rebounding at Loyola Marymount - stand out above the rest.
Brundy was at his best in the first meeting when he poured in 47 points on December 23, 1988 to lift the Blue Demons to a 115-111 win in the Old Style Classic title game at the Rosemont Horizon - a DePaul home court scoring record that still stands.
Three weeks later, the two squads met again in a nationally-televised game. This time Brundy torched the Lions for 41 points and 23 rebounds in a 122-108 victory.
After the game he sighed and told the Tribune: ``I wish I could play `em every day.``
``I have a nose for the ball and they didn't box out very well, so I got rebounds. I'm quicker than their big men, so I was always open.``
Brundy was available to score a lot in his senior year when he became one of just four players in DePaul history to rack up 600-plus points in a season (642). The other names on that distinguished list include Blue Demon legends Corzine, Cummings and Mark Aguirre.
It wasn't all individual accolades that led Brundy down the path to the DePaul Athletics Hall of Fame, which will be held on Sunday in Lincoln Park, as the New Orleans-native played on some special teams in the mid-to-late eighties. Coached by Joey Meyer, Brundy's squads reached the NCAA Tournament in all four of his years in Lincoln Park - including two trips to the "Sweet 16."
His class was among the most productive in school history, running up a 51-11 record at Allstate Arena. The Blue Demons won a school record 28 games in 1986-87.
Brundy's finest season came as a senior co-captain (a role he shared with fellow 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee Terence Greene) in 1989-90 when he averaged 19.5 points per game and 10.2 rebounds in 33 contests. Those numbers secured him a spot in the ensuing NBA Draft's Second Round when he was picked 32nd overall by the New Jersey Nets.
After sticking with the Nets for a season, Brundy continued his professional career in the CBA and various leagues overseas. He won the 1990 CBA Rookie of the Year title and became well-traveled, spending time with teams in Venezuela, Colombia, Turkey, the Phillipines, France and Israel.