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."