Commitment Impact: Martin Breunig

Landing 6-foot-9 forward Martin Breunig is a big deal for the Washington Huskies. The Leverkusen, Germany native is an athletic hybrid forward who will play a multitude of roles for Washington and head coach Lorenzo Romar over the next four seasons.

Unlike most freshman post players, he's robustly built. Standing a chiseled 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, Breunig is physically equipped to have an early impact for the Huskies. He's highly skilled, with exceptional mobility for a player his size, including explosive legs and quick feet.

Common among European post players, Breunig possesses a skilled face-up game, with range stretching beyond the three-point line. He also owns a deft touch around the basket, which makes him an exiting prospect.

Blessed with soft hands and advanced post moves, Breunig is a welcome addition to a program lacking quality and quantity in the frontcourt.

In terms of immediate expectations, isn't hard to envision how Breunig might fit into Washington's plans. Aziz N'Daiye is the Huskies' returning center, but he is a foul magnet. That's where Breunig's commitment becomes so important: UW will be lucky to get 25 minutes a night from Aziz.

That means Darnell Gant could see considerable time defending opposing centers on any given night. Gant, now a fifth-year senior, is a dynamite defender, but the Huskies are awfully small if he has to defend the five.

Breunig has his work cut out for him picking up Romar's defensive principles, but he has the physical tools to overcome a steep learning curve. The quicker Breunig shows he's ready to defend, the sooner N'Diaye will have more quality help down low.

The Huskies' post rotation is a patchwork. N'Daiye and Gant are the only experienced returners. Redshirt freshman Desmond Simmons has been a workhorse in practice, but the 6-foot-7 forward from the Bay Area is undersized in the post and an offensive wing.

Washington will welcome talented 6-foot-10 forward Jernard Jarreau, who is a redshirt candidate, as well as quality walk-on Shawn Kemp, Jr.

With the dearth of big men revealed, it should not take long for Breunig to earn playing time. They need him.

Washington has found success utilizing smaller lineups in the past, but it's far from ideal. The Huskies will face some formidable front courts when they play Duke at Madison Square Garden December 10, or UCLA's hulking front line come Pac-12 play.

Breunig gives coach Romar a quality big man and five more fouls they didn't have 72 hours ago. Breunig should give point guards Abdul Gaddy and Tony Wroten a sure-handed target in the post and on the break, something they lost with the graduation of Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

The Huskies are going to be an intriguing team to watch next season. On paper, their roster is impressive. Between Gaddy, Wroten, and the returning trio of explosive wings – Scott Suggs, Terrence Ross and C.J. Wilcox - Washington has one of the most potent backcourts in the country.

They are big, too. Gaddy is the smallest of the bunch checking in a smidge under 6-foot-4. As long as he and Wroten sync up, Washington's guard play is going to be very, very good.

With Breunig's commitment, suddenly UW's frontcourt moves closer to matching the firepower of their backcourt.

Before Breunig's commitment, a serious injury to N'Daiye or Gant would have spelled doom for the Huskies' post-season hopes. Breunig is an insurance policy, and more.

The Huskies didn't have a back to the basket scoring threat, but they may have one now with Breunig. Gant is going to play big minutes, but Breunig's presence should reduce some of the wear and tear prodouced by Romar's physically demanding up-tempo system.

Before Breunig's commitment, the Huskies were looking for 10-15 minutes a game of post presence and security. Breunig appears equipped to provide exactly what the doctor ordered.

Breunig doesn't join the Washington basketball program with much in the way of name recognition or sneaker circuit accolades, but he's still a very welcome addition to the team, as well as the city of Seattle.

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