USF gets visit from 6-8 forward released by Terps
Three years after forward Augustus Gilchrist chose USF after signing with Maryland, another talented recruit is considering taking the same path. Martin Breunig, a coveted 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Germany, is making an official visit to USF today after getting his release from the Terrapins following the retirement of coach Gary Williams.
"He's so athletic. Extremely athletic, plays above the rim, good rebounder, runs the floor very, very well," said Brian Richert, his coach at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin. "We used him as a wing, but he also posted up at times here. He's right on campus at South Florida right now."
Breunig, rated as the nation's No. 26 power forward by Rivals.com, has already visited Washington, and Richert said he believes Breunig will decide between the two schools, though UCLA has also expressed interest in bringing him in for a visit. He's due to return to his native Germany to see his family later this month, and Richert said he would like to have a decision made before he goes home.
By coincidence, Breunig was able to see USF play in person this past season -- SJNMA was in Providence for a tournament this spring when USF was in town to play the Friars. Richert said he would most likely line up as a small forward in college, though he could grow into being a power forward over time. He's being recruited to USF by assistant coach Eric Skeeters, as well as head coach Stan Heath. He arrived in Tampa for his official visit on Wednesday and is due to fly back to Wisconsin on Friday, Richert said.
It wouldn't be the first time Maryland's loss would be USF's gain -- in 2008, Gilchrist left Maryland before he ever played a game for the Terrapins, and he was the Bulls' leading scorer as a junior this spring. USF has a scholarship available late in the recruiting cycle because senior point guard Anthony Crater was dismissed from the team last month for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Richert, his coach, was born in the Tampa area, playing at Saint Leo in Pasco County and starting his coaching career at St. Pete Catholic High School. USF also has a player arriving this month who could sway Breunig toward the Bulls -- Richert coached incoming USF freshman Jordan Omogbehin in an all-star game in Washington, D.C., and had positive things to say about the imposing 7-foot-3 center.
"Size wise, he's Shaquille O'Neal. He takes up a lot of space," Richert said. "In a halfcourt game, you just want to pound the ball in to him. He's a physical player who will punish the rim."