Tag:Martin Breunig
Posted on: June 5, 2011 2:05 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2011 2:22 pm

Former Maryland signee Martin Bruenig chooses UW

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Luckily for Lorenzo Romar, a pipeline from Germany to Washington helped the Huskies secure one of the best available players in the class of 2011.

On Saturday, former Maryland signee Martin Breunig informed Romar and the rest of the Washington coaching staff that he was headed to the Pacific Northwest.

“He wants to be part of a winning program and sees a lot of potential at Washington to win championships and develop as a player,” Martin Esters, Breunig’s mentor, told CBSSports.com. “Paul Fortier was also key in his recruitment.”

Interestingly, two Germans playing their college basketball at Washington in the 1980s played a part in bringing Breunig, also a Germany native, to the Huskies.

“The fact that two other Germans, Chris Welp and Detlef Schrempf, who is from his hometown, had great careers there also helped,” Esters said.

Welp ended his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer in 1987, while Schrempf went on to a have a productive 16-year NBA career, the majority coming with the Seattle SuperSonics.

Breunig, a 6-foot-9 forward who attended St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.), chose the Huskies over South Florida.

"I know he will work as hard as anyone to get on the floor," Esters said. "The greatest thing about him is his potential. He will be a star at that level; it is just hard to say how soon." 

Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:55 pm

Recruiting Notebook: Joe Uchebo to go JuCo

Posted by Jeff Borzello

When he committed to North Carolina State in November of his junior year, many people felt Joseph Uchebo could develop into one of the better centers in the conference. Due to his athleticism and raw talent, Uchebo’s potential is higher than most players at his position.

Next season, the top-100 recruit won’t be able to fulfill that potential in Division I.

According to a source, Uchebo plans to go the junior college route and enroll at Chipola (Fla.).

“He’s not going to qualify,” the source said.

Since decommitting from NC State in April, the 6-foot-10 Nigeria native was being pursued by Kentucky, Wake Forest, Florida State and others.

Former Maryland commit on visit

Of the three Maryland recruits that received a release from their letters of intent, two have already made their second decision. Nick Faust recommitted to Maryland, while Sterling Gibbs popped for Texas.

The third, Martin Breunig, is taking his time with a decision.

“Everyone with a scholarship has called,” Martin Esters, Breunig’s mentor, said. “A lot of people have asked. We are trying to find out who has a genuine interest.”

Right now, Breunig is on an official visit to Washington. Esters is not sure what other colleges Breunig will visit.

“We have to talk about it,” Esters said. “I am waiting on his impressions from Washington. He is interested in seeing a mid-major, though, to compare.”

He also mentioned that the Terrapins were not out of the mix for the 6-foot-9 Germany native.

DeAndre Daniels decision postponed

The biggest decision of Wednesday was supposed to come from DeAndre Daniels, the top-rated player left on the board.

Of course, going along with his roller-coaster and unpredictable recruitment, Daniels has pushed back his announcement.

“He will announce tomorrow morning,” IMG Academy (Fla.) director Andy Borman said.

Daniels, a 6-foot-8 small forward, is considering Kansas and Texas.  

Posted on: May 12, 2011 6:48 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 7:08 pm

Third Maryland signee on verge of release

Posted by Jeff Borzello

While Mark Turgeon may have won his first press conference at Maryland, he continues to lose recruits.

First, CBSSports.com broke the news that transfer Wally Judge chose Rutgers over Maryland. Then, Sterling Gibbs and Nick Faust received releases from their letters of intent, and now the third member of the incoming class is on the verge of asking out as well.

Martin Breunig, a 6-foot-9 Germany native who plays at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.), plans on reopening his recruitment, sources told CBSSports.com.

“Nothing firm,” one source said in terms of new schools reaching out. “Still a pretty fluid situation.”

When Gary Williams first announced his retirement from Maryland, SJNMA assistant coach Martin Esters said Breunig wouldn’t make a decision until a new head coach was named.

“Williams is obviously a big part of Maryland, but right now we have to wait and see what happens there,” Esters told CBSSports.com at the time. “We can just be patient now.”

When Breunig first committed to the Terrapins, he was also being pursued by Virginia, Saint Louis, Arizona State, Oregon State, UAB and others.

Posted on: February 24, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:47 pm

Terrapins get coveted big man

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Maryland needed a big man to complete its 2011 recruiting class, and Gary Williams got his man on Thursday, as Martin Breunig committed to the Terrapins.

Breunig is a 6-foot-9 forward from Germany who came over to the United States before the season and has been attending St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.).

“We talked yesterday, and it was just a thing where he felt so comfortable about it,” SJNMA assistant Martin Esters said. “When he got back from his visit, I asked him if there was anything he didn’t like about it. And he said, ‘I liked everything about it.’”

Maryland was the only official visit Breunig took, although Virginia, Saint Louis, Arizona State, Oregon State, UAB and others were all involved.

“It was kind of hard for him to get recognized by a lot of high-major schools because we’re a first-year program and he came over from Germany,” Esters said. “But he played some high-caliber games, especially in Rhode Island at the National Prep School Invitational.”

Breunig is a versatile forward who can play all three frontcourt positions. He uses his aggressiveness and athleticism to create match-up problems at the offensive end of the floor.

Esters said Breunig will likely play the four at the next level.

“They have some openings at the four,” he said. “They didn’t tell Martin that he’s going to play there for sure or anything like that, they didn’t make any promises. But he’s got a good shot at it. He’s going to really compete for the four spot, with Dino Gregory graduating.”

With two other international players on the team, Haukur Palsson from Iceland and Berend Weijs from the Netherlands, Breunig immediately felt a connection with the Terrapins’ roster.

“When he got here, he didn’t know the difference between Duke and Wisconsin-Green Bay,” Esters said. “So even the fact Maryland won the championship in 2002, that didn’t play into his decision at all. Having a legendary coach, that wasn’t what he was looking for. He just thought it was a good place where he could develop.”

Maryland loses three seniors for next season, meaning Williams will have a young team at his disposal. Still, the Terrapins have double-double machine Jordan Williams down low and a host of talented perimeter players, namely freshmen Terrell Stoglin and Pe’Shon Howard, as well as incoming recruits Nick Faust and Sterling Gibbs.

Breunig can certainly be an impact player in the ACC once he develops and gets some playing time under his belt.

“He is really skilled for his size and a big-time athlete,” SJNMA assistant Bryan Clayton said. “He could be a steal.”

Photo: St. John's Northwestern Military Academy

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