Signing another frontcourt player was a top off-season priority for Washington men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar, and today he announced that 6-foot-9 forward Martin Breunig will join his team for the 2010-11 season.
Breunig, is from Germany, where he played in the Nachwuchs Basketball Bundesliga, averaging 14.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 2.3 assists. He also represented his country in the 2010 under-18 FIBA European Championships, averaging 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
He came to the United States in 2010 and spent the 2010-11 school year playing post-graduate basketball for St. John’s Northwest Military Academy in Delarield, Wisconsin.
Breunig originally signed with the University of Maryland, but was granted a release from his National Letter of Intent after head coach Gary Williams announced his retirement.
He joins a five-man incoming class along with Andrew Andrews, Jernard Jarreau, Hikeem Stewart and Tony Wroten.
He also becomes the fourth Husky in the last 30 years from Germany, joining Detlef Schrempf (1982-85), Chris Welp (1984-87) and Patrick Femerling (1996-98).
Some basics provided by the school:
Originally from Leverkusen, Germany … played at St. John’s Northwest Military Academy in Delafield, Wis. for coach Brian Richert in 2010-11 after coming over to the United States for the first time in August of 2010 … competed for the junior teams of Bayer Giants Leverkusen in Germany … prior to coming to the U.S. played in the NBBL (Nachwuchs Basketball Bundesliga) where he averaged 14.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and 2.3 assists per game, while shooting 59% from the field … also competed for the German under 18 national team at the FIBA European Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania during the summer of 2010 and averaged 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game … fourth UW player who hails from Germany in the last 30 years (others Detlef Schrempf, Chris Welp and Patrick Femerling) … originally committed to Maryland … full name is Martin Phong Ni Watt Breunig.
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