Gary Williams added to an already solid recruiting class when Martin Breunig verbally committed to Maryland on Thursday. Bruenig is a 6'9" forward from Germany whose game reminds me a little of James Gist's.
Like most Europeans, Breunig has a good face-up game but needs to add strength and toughness if he is going to be productive in the ACC.
Bruenig currently plays for St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin, where he averages 13 points and nine rebounds per game.
Brian Richert, Breunig's coach at St. John's, told the Baltimore Sun, "He’s so athletic and he’s long, so he can play multiple positions. He can go down on the other end and help them defensively. He’s very multi-dimensional. He’s been working very, very hard at getting stronger, bigger and faster. You would think at this level, with all the egos, that everyone is concerned with offense and scoring 20 points a game and making the headlines. But he’s doing it a different route. [He’s said], ‘I really want to get ready on the defensive end for the next level.’ And I think he’s approaching it the right way.”
Scout.com currently rates Breunig three stars out of five.
ESPN.com says of Bruenig: "[He] is an intriguing post prospect with a variety of tools and good upside. He has good hands and feet, able to catch cleanly in congestion and pretty mobile for a player his size moving both side to side as well as up and down the court. He has good touch around the basket and can face up to consistently make mid-range jumpers and even stretch the defense out to the three-point line at times. Physically, he has a ripped frame with good muscle mass as well as definition."
Breunig's athleticism will be a welcomed addition to a frontcourt that is severely lacking in that department.
With the additions of Nick Faust, Sterling Gibbs and, now, Breunig, plus the possible transfer of Kansas State's Wally Judge, the 2011 recruiting class is starting to look mighty good.
At this point, here is what the 2011-12 Terps will look like:
Starters: Jordan Williams, James Padgett, Sean Mosley, Terrell Stoglin, Pe'Shon Howard
Bench: Nick Faust, Haukur Palsonn, Berand Weis, Sterling Gibbs, Marting Breunig, Mychal Parker
That is a strong team, but it is contingent on Jordan Williams not jumping to the NBA--which he shouldn't.
There is depth at every position, which should earn the team a spot in the preseason top-25