Breunig makes his decision spoke Saturday afternoon with Brian Richert, Head Coach at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisc., and Richert confirmed that Martin Breunig, a 6-foot-9 forward, has verbally committed to play hoops for the University of Washington.

Breunig, who originally signed a letter of intent with Maryland, cannot sign another letter. He asked out of his letter of intent after Maryland's Gary Williams decided to retire, and was given his full release. Breunig will sign a scholarship letter as soon as possible and enroll at Washington as a true freshman this fall with five years to complete four years of eligibility. He returned from an official visit to the University of South Florida Friday, and by Saturday morning, he was ready to make his decision public.

"He's already called both coaches, and he already verballed to coach Romar this morning, and he's ready to be a Husky," Richert told

Richert said he was very proud of the decision made by Breunig to join the Huskies. "I'm happy it's over with, but I'm very happy for Martin," he said. "With his situation with Maryland…it's no one's fault. It wasn't Maryland's fault, and it wasn't Martin's fault. It was an unfortunate situation, but I was very happy in how it was handled.

"The University of Washington was first class with everything. I think what put it over the top was the way they handled everything, and how professional they were. They just never let up. They are just good people. They recruited him very, very well, and very strong. My coaching staff appreciated that. Coach Romar kept in touch with me, and his assistants kept in touch with my assistants. It was just a great recruiting time. But the bottom line is that the young man himself enjoyed the visit, enjoyed the coaches, the people, the place…he's happy."

Richert said the last 24 hours have been a bit of a whirlwind for Breunig and the staff at SJNMA. "He was a little confused coming off the plane, coming from South Florida," said Richert of Breunig. "It's a tough decision to make for a young man. South Florida had some strong points, no doubt about it - but he just felt that in the long run, and no disrespect to South Florida - they recruited him very well also - but it just came down to the relationship he had with coach Romar and his staff, and his level of comfort he has there. He just felt it's a better place for him, and we couldn't be happier."

Richert plans on keeping close tabs on Breunig's development under Romar and the UW staff. "We can't wait," he said. "We had seven players sign Division-1 from our team this year…we have a kid going to Seton Hall. We're very close to our players, so any time we can make it out to a game…I know they are playing Marquette in Madison Square Garden, and I'm very close to the Marquette coaching staff, so if it allows it…we'll be keeping up with him a lot, trust me."

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