Martin Breunig, a 6’9, 235 pound forward has decided to commit to the University of Washington after visiting both UW and South Florida this last weekend.
Breunig, originally from Germany, but currently playing basketball in Wisconsin for St. John’s Military Academy had committed to the University of Maryland in February but after head coach Gary Williams retired, Breunig asked for a release from his letter of intent.
He received that release just a few weeks ago and decided immediately to take a visit to the University of Washington even though he had suitors from all over the country interested in his services. According to ESPN; ‘Texas, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, California, USC, Northwestern, Temple, St. Louis, and UAB’ all were interested. Though, Breunig chose to visit Seattle and the Huskies, home of a former German Forward, Detlef Schrempf.
He then didn’t want to rush into making a quick decision and decided to take at least one visit to a mid-major program and decide between that program and UW. He compared them both and decided to lend his services to the Huskies.
Breunig will be the second big man in this year’s recruiting class to go along with Jernard Jarreau. However, both are not your prototypical big men, as both feel comfortable playing out on the wing and as much as in the paint. Jarreau fits more of a small forward/power forward mindset because of his frame (210 pounds) while Breunig can take up space in the middle at 235 pounds and yet still play on the wing.
Breunig is rated as a 3 star by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, ESPN has him ranked at 87/100 and a 2 star.
Craig Yamada from Montlake Madness said this about him:
"Breunig plays a bit of a point forward role for his team currently. He has a quick first step and has a litany of tools at his disposal. He can post up and absorb contact to finish above the rim. He also has amazing body control around the basket. He gets up and down the floor with ease and thrives in transition. He isn’t a traditional “banger”, but would give UW a nice option in the post and around the perimeter. He could definitely help stretch out zone defenses with his triple threat of skills. He sees the floor well and can get to the rim off the dribble drive against small and big defenders. He has shown the ability to clog the middle and be an avid shot blocker."
He has soft hands and is able to catch a pass in traffic and score around the rim. He also has the ability to be a solid defensive shot blocker, he does need to work on his rebounding but has amazing potential to be a solid big in and out of the paint.
If anything, his highlight reel should get you excited for Tony Wroten Jr. finding Breunig from about every different angle and possibility. Here is your new Husky: