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June 10, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Lorenzo Romar on Martin Breunig: “He’s got good bounce”

Turns out Washington was in a fierce recruiting battle with a couple of major powerhouses for Martin Breunig. UCLA, Texas, Florida and Texas A&M were after the 6 foot 9 German forward who signed Monday with Washington.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said there’s a chance Breunig can earn immediate playing time next season because the Huskies are thin on the front line.
Romar acknowledged there were some frustrations after missing on previous big men and he credited assistant Paul Fortier for securing Breunig.
Romar also talked about Washington’s three captains (Darnell Gant, Scott Suggs and Abdul Gaddy) and Aziz N’Diaye, who underwent toe surgery.
Here’s the bulk of the interview from this morning.


(What do you think about Breunig?) “He’s a guy that has size. He’s 6 foot 9 and shoots. He can go out on the perimeter. He is not a banging post guy, although he can play inside. It’s just he can play outside too.”
(Can you talk about his recruitment? It seemed to happen late in the process and very quickly.) “This spring we were working really hard to get a big and my assistants were unbelievable. They kept coming up with name after name. Finally coach Fortier was aware of Martin. When he decided to leave Maryland it was brought to his (Fortier) attention. Coach stayed on it.
“The thing with Martin is there was Texas, there was Florida, there was UCLA and a lot of schools that were interested and calling on him. In his mind, he didn’t need to go through all of that. He had a good feel for Washington. I thought he was going to visit Florida at one time, then he decided not to. I thought he would visit Texas A&M at one time and he decided not to do that. He had a number of schools after him and he settled on us. And then he decided to look at South Florida as well as a different look.
(How does he fits in next season?) “I think he fits right in with how we play. He’s got good bounce. He’s bouncy. He can get up off the floor. He’s a skilled player. He can pass the ball. He can make decisions. He can bring it up the break and make decisions with the ball. He’s very coachable.”
(You see him battling for immediate playing time?) “The bigs that we have, we don’t have a whole lot of them. There’s not one that won’t battle for playing time.”
(Did Breunig return to Germany?) “Yes. He left yesterday.”
(Will he partake in the bridge program?) “Yes, he’ll be here this summer.”
(Have you seen him play in person?) “I’ve seen him mostly on film. And when he came on his visit, he played with our guys.”
(Did Detlef Schrempf [the former UW star who hails from Leverkusen, Germany] help you recruit Breunig?) “Detleft knew him from Germany, but I don’t know. I don’t know if that influenced him or not the fact that Detlef and Christian (Welp) are from Germany.”
(Any plans on what you’ll do with your last scholarship?) “We’re still looking. … You never know what can happen when you have a scholarship open.”
(Thoughts on your tri-captains?) “Darnell has a lot of energy. He’s always been an emotional leader for this team. Scott has really matured over the years. You vote for these things ever year and this year all of sudden Scott has his teammates’ respect in terms of a leader. That’s a credit to Scott. Abdul is a year younger, he’s only a junior, but he has some respect from the guys as well in terms of his leadership.”
(Has Suggs progressed the most?) “Just in terms of his overall development, he probably has.”
(How is N’Diaye?) “He was in a boot about a month ago. He had a toe infection. He just finished surgery today to get that out and he’ll be out 4-6 weeks. But he was able to work with us for the last month. I would say it’s almost like you having a tooth that’s decayed and you’re going to get it fixed. So eat all the candy you want because you’re getting ready to have it fixed. That’s kind of how it was with his toe. He was able to get some good work in with his surgery.”
(After the season, you said this summer would be extremely important for N’Diaye. Do you think the surgery and rehab is a setback?) “Again he had some quality work the last month back when we could work with our guys and that helped. We saw improvements. He’s out 4-6 weeks in terms of playing full speed, but prior to that he still can go out and work on some footwork stuff and some jump hooks and things of that nature. It’s not ideal. You’d like to have those 4-6 weeks, but it still gives him enough time.”
(Isaiah Thomas said UW will be fine once it finds its leader. Any truth to that?) “Our leaders will be our captains, but I think what Isaiah is referring to is when it’s crunch time and you’re on the road and there’s that hostile crowd who is the one that’s going to step up. And sometimes that doesn’t mean it’s the guy that’s going to make the basket. It just means the guy that may say ‘I’ve got 25 (points) and my guy is not scoring any more.’ Or the guy that says ‘Hey fellas you keep coming off of me and I’ll get you open.’ That guy that’s just so confident and understand what’s going on and is tough, that’s the one that will emerge.
“Now we selected captains once and we had about a 6-8 week period where guys lifted and were able to get closer. The captains that we have now weren’t the same captains that were selected when the season ended. We did kind of a mock vote at that time and there was a real vote later. There were some guys that stepped up in their teammates eyes. So throughout the summer when they comeback, somebody is going to step up and be that guy or a couple of guys.”

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