Nov 4, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies forward Martin Breunig (10) goes up for a layup during the game against the Seattle Pacific Falcons at Alaska Airlines Arena. Washington defeated Seattle Pacific 77-60. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
The University of Montana announced on Tuesday that Martin Breunig will be transferring to join the Grizzlies next season. Lorenzo Romar announced at a press conference nearly two months ago that Breunig would be leaving the program, but had not decided where he will go. It seems now that he has found his fit.
Grizzlies’ head coach Wayne Tinkle said this in press release on GoGrizz.com:
"“We are very excited about signing Martin Breunig at the University of Montana. He’s a strong, athletic post player, and he really adds good size and strength to our front line. We are thrilled to land a player of his caliber, and we’re looking forward to his arrival here.”"
When the Huskies signed Breunig, he was a bit of an unknown. Many saw big potential in the three-star recruit, but that never came to fruition in his time at UW. He hailed from the same town at Detlef Schrempf, giving fans hope that there could be another Husky great on their hands, but the German forward only saw time in nine games last season. In his limited time, he totaled one point, one assist, one steal and seven rebounds.
Unfortunately, things didn’t work out for Breunig at Washington, but after sitting out a year due to NCAA rules, he’ll have a fresh start at a smaller program, where he will have a bigger role. Tinkle seems excited about adding an athletic 6’8″ forward to his squad and he should be. Just because he didn’t perform at UW doesn’t mean Breunig is devoid of talent. He’ll have two years of eligibility left with the Grizzlies and should work his way into the starting lineup.
Many expected Romar to use Breunig’s scholarship spot on a big-time recruit or transfer, such as Aaron Gordon, Mike Moser or Zach LaVine; however, it doesn’t look like that will be the case. One “big name” transfer option remains in Anrio Adams, but Romar reportedly doesn’t have much interest in the former Rainier Beach star.