Jordan Bruner: 5 things to know about the Alabama men's basketball forward, Yale transfer

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News

Jordan Bruner has lived in his share of college towns. 

He grew up in Norman, Oklahoma. His family moved to Columbia, South Carolina, when he was 11 years old to follow his sister as she joined the South Carolina Gamecocwomen's basketball team. 

Bruner then went to New Haven, Connecticut, for his first four years of college basketball at Yale. And of course, he's in Tuscaloosa as a key to the 2020-21 Alabama men's basketball team

Here is some basic information about Jordan Bruner: 

  • Height: 6 feet, 10 inches
  • Weight: 225 pounds
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Birthday: Dec. 31, 1997
  • Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
  • High school: Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Previous university: Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut 
  • Parents: Thomas Doyebi and Larisa Bruner

Find out five more things about Alabama men's basketball forward Jordan Bruner. 

Jordan Bruner's knee injuries 

Dec 12, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward Jordan Bruner (2) shoots against the Clemson Tigers in the first half of a Holiday Hoopsgiving game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Bruner suffered a meniscus tear in his right knee during the Alabama men's basketball game at Kentucky on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. He came out of that game with 11:33 left in the second half after getting tangled with Kentucky forward Olivier Sarr. 

Bruner underwent surgery the following day at Andrews Sports Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. 

He missed the subsequent 10 games. Bruner returned to the Alabama lineup vs. Vanderbilt on Feb. 20, when he had one point and six rebounds in 19 minutes. 

Bruner sat out the 2017-18 season at Yale after injuring the meniscus in his left knee, according to the Yale Daily News. He also sat out his high school junior season because of a meniscus injury. ACL and meniscus injuries caused him to miss a few games his freshman year at Yale. 

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Jordan Bruner helped Yale reach the NCAA Tournament

Yale forward Jordan Bruner (23) is guarded by LSU guard Tremont Waters (3) during the first half of the first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, in Jacksonville, Fla. Thursday, March 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Jordan Bruner was a key to the Yale men's basketball team reaching the 2019 NCAA Tournament

Bruner had 10 points, five rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in the 2019 Ivy League Tournament Championship, where Yale beat Harvard 97-85 to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. 

Yale received a No. 14 seed and drew No. 3 seed LSU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. LSU won 79-74, and Bruner scored 16 points with nine rebounds. 

"This is like the dream as a college basketball player," Bruner said to The State of reaching the NCAA Tournament.

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Yale basketball stats for Jordan Bruner

Yale's Jordan Bruner celebrates his team's win over Harvard at the end of an NCAA college basketball game for the Ivy League championship at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Jordan Bruner was a member of the Yale men's basketball team for four seasons from 2016-20. He wore No. 23 throughout his Yale career.

Bruner did not play the 2017-18 season due to a left knee injury. The Ivy League does not allow redshirt seasons, so he had to transfer to use his remaining year of eligibility. 

As a freshman in 2016-17, he played in 25 games averaging 22.4 minutes. He scored 8.4 points with 5.6 rebounds per game. 

During his second season in 2018-19, Bruner helped Yale reach the NCAA Tournament. He started all 30 games and averaged 10.4 points and 8.3 rebounds. 

In 2019-20, Bruner started all 28 games that he played while averaging 10.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists. He led the Ivy League in rebounding and earned First Team All-Ivy League honors. 

Bruner left Yale ranked fourth in career blocked shots (149) and 10th in career rebounds (647).

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Jordan Bruner's brother Tommy plays basketball at USC Upstate

USC Upstate's Tommy Bruner (10) is guarded Tennessee's Santiago Vescovi (25) during an NCAA men's basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

Tommy Bruner, a 6-foot-1 guard at USC Upstate, is Jordan Bruner's younger brother. 

USC Upstate finished the 2020-21 regular season at 5-17 overall and 5-11 in the Big South Conference. Bruner started 17 of 21 games, and he averaged a team-high 13.6 points with 2.8 rebounds a game.

As a freshman in 2019-20, Tommy Bruner started 32 of 33 games, and he averaged 14.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. He was named to the Big South All-Freshman Team.

Jordan Bruner's sister, Ashley, played basketball at South Carolina

South Carolina forward Ashley Bruner, center, rebounds against Alabama as  forward Elem Ibiam boxes out during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference tournament, Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Jordan Bruner's sister, Ashley Bruner, was a member of the South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team from 2009-13. 

She earned All-Southeastern Conference Second Team honors as a senior in 2012-13. That season she averaged 10.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

The Gamecocks went to the NCAA Tournament in Bruner's final two years at the school. South Carolina reached the 2012 Sweet 16, where it lost to Stanford 76-60

Ahead of the 2020-21 season, Ashley Bruner became an assistant boys basketball coach at Gray Collegiate Academy in South Carolina, according to WACH-TV

Here's more Jordan Bruner news: 

Alabama forward Jordan Bruner (2) throws down a dunk as the Crimson Tide hosted the Gators in Coleman Coliseum Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Here's a link to the Jordan Bruner bio on the Alabama men's basketball website. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik