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July 13, 2011 at 5:56 AM

Martin Breunig: “My game is inside and outside”

Had a chance to briefly speak with freshman Martin Breunig before a recent workout and we talked about his transition to Division I colllege basketball.
Breunig (pronounced Broy-nig) is a Leverkusen, Germany native who played at St. John’s Northwest Military Academy in Delafield, WI. last season. He originally came to the United States in August 2010.
The 6-foot-8 forward signed with Maryland, but withdrew from the commitment after Terrapins coach Gary Williams retired.
Breunig quickly settled on Washington and hopes to make an immediate impact. He returned home for a quick visit after signing with the Huskies and returned last month. When he arrived to Montlake he weighed 200 pounds and now tips the scales at 210.
We talked about a variety of topics, including his relationship with Husky great Detlef Schrempf, the last UW player from Leverkusen, Germany. Here’s a transcript of most of the interview with Breunig.
(How long have you been at Washington?) “Three weeks.”
(What are your impressions of the Huskies?) “I’m impressed.”
(Why?) “Because of how the players are. They are really friendly to me. They picked me up right away and kind of treat me as a family member. The workouts are really hard and I feel that makes me better in the games.”
(Who have you became friends with?)Terrence (Ross). I live with Terrence in an apartment. Aziz (N’Diaye) lives in this apartment too. Scott (Suggs) is a friend. Darnell (Gant) is a really good guy. We went out sometimes. There’s others too and we go out.”
(Why did you pick Washington?)

“The reason for Washington was coach (Lorenzo) Romar. He’s a really good guy. I think Washington was one of the best opportunities (for me) to fit on a good college team.”
(For folks who haven’t seen you play, how would you describe your game?) “My game is inside and outside. I can play inside and outside. It depends on how the coach wants me. If he says you are my rebounder, I’ll rebound for him. That’s what I do the most time is crashing the offensive boards.”
(What has it been like playing with the team?) “It’s kind of funny because right now you can see the guys are dancing around and having fun. I really enjoy playing with these guys. I can learn a lot. Especially against Darnell on the inside.”
(Who has played well so far?) “I think Scott is one of the leaders. C.J. (Wilcox) is impressive how he can shoot the ball. He’s left handed, but he shoots it right. I’ve never seen that before. And Terrence Ross, I don’t know. I couldn’t count how many dunks he has. He’s amazing the way he jumps.”
(What has the freshmen class been like?) “I don’t know. We just started playing together. I think we’ll be better.”
(What expectations do you have for your first season?) “To be in good shape. So I can run all day long.”
(Is that important here?) “Oh yeah. You have to be able to be concentrated and just run up and down and play defense all the time. I think that’s more important than anything else. Just be in good shape.”
(Are you thinking about playing time or redshirting?) “I don’t think about it yet. Practice hasn’t started yet so we’ll see.”
(Would you consider redshirting or is that not what you want to do?) “It’s not what I want to do but, if it’s really necessary I’ll do it.”
(Who has helped you make the transition to Division I basketball?) “Coach (Paul) Fortier helps me a lot with the academics and all the paperwork. The players are here and if I have any questions, I can ask them all the time. It’s a good team and I’m really proud to be here.”
(How many other schools were you looking at?) “It was tough. Schools like Florida, UCLA and Washington. A bunch of schools called me, but I responded pretty quick and said no to most schools because when I visited Washington it was a great deal for me.”
(You probably know the last guy from your hometown who played for Washington?) “Oh yeah. Detlef.”
(Is there any pressure there to fill Schrempf’s shoes?) “Not really pressure. I’m really honored that I know him. It’s not pressure. People don’t expect that I’m outstanding like he was. They don’t know me yet.”
(Have you spoken to Schrempf since you been here?) “Yes I did.”
(Is he going to help you as a basketball player?) “He wants to be a good friend. He said you come by anytime you want and if you have any questions to call him.”
(That’s got be nice to have him in your corner?) “It is nice. It’s a great relief.”

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