Q&A - Martin Breunig

Dawgman.com spoke Saturday night with Martin Breunig, a 6-foot-9 forward from Leverkusen, Germany, by way of St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisc., and he spoke about his verbal commitment to Washington, as well as how he sees himself fitting in with the cast of players already on campus.

On how he initially became interested in Washington - "Well, coach (Paul) Fortier talked to my coach, and we didn't really have a relationship, so he just kept talking to them. As soon as I got my release (from Maryland), I called them. It really felt good."

On how much he knew about Washington, being from the same club team as Detlef Schrempf - Leverkusen - Yup, that's right. I didn't know very much about the school, but now I know that it's a real top school. It's a real great program."

On what he remembers from his official visit to UW - "It was really cool. Coach Romar, he asked me what I wanted to do, what I wanted to see…it wasn't really a tour - he just asked me what I wanted to see. So we just looked at the facilities and how the athletes would live. I also saw some workouts."

On how he saw himself fitting in after seeing the players and their workouts - "They had a lot of players that impressed me. Who is the big seven-footer? Aziz (N'Diaye)? Yeah, that's right. He's really strong. Terrence Ross and C.J. Wilcox - they are really good shooters, so they are really good. Darnell Gant too. They have a couple of good players."

On guard play being key to his success - "That's right. The team needs good screeners, good rebounders, good guards, good passers, good shooters - that's just all part of having a good team."

On his trip to South Florida - "It went good, but I came to think I fit better at Washington. That's why I decided for Washington."

On telling coach Romar about his decision - "I just told him that I want to be a Husky next year, and he was really happy about that."

On taking a trip home to Germany first before making it a final decision, or is it a done deal - "It's a done deal, because of my parents. They are really proud of me. They take care of me and all my decisions. They are with me for everything."

On moving to a new town and new environment, and if that's a scary thing - "Not at all. I'm a person who really likes to meet other people, so it's going to be fine."

Scouting report - "I'm a 6-9 forward, a real athletic forward with a soft touch on the ball. I can lead the transition, I can pass the ball, I can shoot the ball…I wouldn't say I'm perfect, but it's a good combination I have for the forward position."

On being able to play in the paint and rebound inside - "Yes, I can. Yup."

On picturing himself playing with the UW players - "I can see myself playing with all the guys. They are really great guys, and I'm really looking forward to playing with these guys. My number one goal is just to be successful with the team."

On the success with German players in the past affecting his decision - "No, not really."

On speaking pretty good English - "Thank you!. In Germany, it's a must. You start in the sixth grade with English as a second language. This is my first time really using it, as I've been here since August."

On when he expects to get back to Seattle - "Summer school starts July 21st."

On any last words for Husky fans - "I don't know (laughs). I don't know what to say."

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