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July 20, 2007 at 10:09 AM

Breshers talks about commitment

Got a hold of Tyreese Breshers today who said there is no doubting his commitment to Washington.
“I’m done,” he said of a recruiting process that saw him initially commit to Miami earlier this month before changing his mind this week and deciding on Washington instead.
Breshers, a Los Angeles native who is a 6-6 forward at Price High School, confirmed what his coach, Mike Lynch, had earlier told reporters — that he simply began having second thoughts about the distance of Miami from Los Angeles.
“It’s kind of too far away from home and my family wouldn’t really be able to come to my games, and they’ve always been coming to my games since I was little, so it would be weird for them not to be able to come to my games,” he said.
Breshers said he initially picked Miami in part because “I had great relationship with the head coach (Frank Haith). But the program didn’t really fit me as I took a look into it after I committed.”
Breshers said Miami coaches “were upset” when he called them to tell them he was changing his mind.
UW coaches, meanwhile, were ecstatic.
Breshers said UW coach Lorenzo Romar “said he was the happiest man in America” when Breshers informed him he was changing his mind.
Breshers said the door had been left open at UW even after he committed to Miami.
“They said that I always had a spot, and I believed it,” Breshers said. “My head coach from high school (Lynch) said if things didn’t work out with Miami that Washington would always be there for me.”
Breshers also considered Boston College and Washington State, but if Miami was too far away, so was BC, and Breshers said he wasn’t sure he’d be able to adapt to Pullman’s small-town environment.
“That just didn’t really fit me,” he said. “I couldn’t see myself staying at Washington State.”
As for UW, Breshers said simply that “I liked everything about Washington.”
The 6-6, 260-pounder averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots a game last season for Price High, which is a private school in south central Los Angeles. Breshers said the school has about 70 students, enough to field only an eight-man football team.
Breshers’ somewhat unique build has led to some inevitable comparisons to Charles Barkley.
“People always tell me that,” Breshers said. “I guess it’s the fact he can jump and get up and down the court.”
Breshers said he plans to take an official visit to UW sometime this fall, then sign his letter in November.

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