UND's Paul Bruns, Summit League Freshman of the Year, enters the transfer portal

Bruns is the second consecutive Summit League Freshman of the Year for UND to leave Grand Forks after winning the award.

UND's Paul Bruns shoots the ball over Presentation's Maximo Guillermo in the first half of their game Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 at the Betty Engelstad Arena. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — Two years in a row, a member of the UND men's basketball team has won the Summit League Freshman of the Year Award.

And for the second year in a row, that player has elected to leave Grand Forks in the offseason.

On Tuesday, UND freshman Paul Bruns entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, according to

It marks the second-consecutive season the Fighting Hawks lost the league's top freshman to the portal. Tyree Ihenacho left UND for James Madison a year ago.

Bruns started 24 games this season, leading all freshmen in the Summit with 14.8 points per game and 16.1 points per game when starting.


Bruns was also strong defensively, ranking 10th in the league in average steals per game with 1.0, which was also a team high.

In the final game of the season, Bruns broke the freshman scoring record at UND, netting 11 points against North Dakota State to finish with 460 points on the season. He surpassed DeSean Allen-Eikens, who set the record at 454 two seasons ago.

Allen-Eikens, after an injury-filled sophomore year, transferred to New Orleans.

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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