The NCAA has approved an additional college basketball season for Butler’s Joey Brunk.

Brunk, 20, a 6-11 Indiana All-Star from Southport, was granted a hardship waiver. He thus becomes a freshman in eligibility, joining a first-year Butler class that includes Aaron Thompson, Christian David and Jerald Gillens-Butler.

Brunk played in seven games a year ago, none after Dec. 10. He spent the rest of the winter tending to his ailing father, Joe Brunk, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Because of the family circumstance, the decision was made for Joey to sit out the rest of the season and apply to be a redshirt freshman. Joe Brunk died April 15 at age 56.

During his father’s illness, Joey spent exactly one night in his dorm room.

“It was hard to justify staying at my dorm room when my mom and dad and brother were that close,” he said in a recent interview.

Joey heeded the advice of another former Butler player, Erik Fromm, who lost his father to cancer in 2013. Fromm’s message: You cannot make up time spent with your dad.