Washington Forward Tyreese Breshers Forced To Retire

Washington Forward Tyreese Breshers was forced to retire from basketball due to medical problems. Though the specifics weren't released, Breshers has been dealing with knee problems since high school. For everything Huskies, head over to SB Nation's UW Dawg Pound. For the latest updates on Seattle Sports, follow SB Nation Seattle on Twitter.

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NCAA: What Breshers' Retirement Means For Washington Recruiting

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times is keeping us all up-to-date on the Breshers situation and after talking to Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar is reporting that the seven-foot transfer center Aziz N'Diaye will help to fill the spot in the rotation.

But given that Breshers had an impact on the interior but wasn't necessarily a big minute player, the more intriguing news might be the impact the retirement has on recruiting.

Husky Men's Basketball Blog | Lorenzo Romar talks about replacing Tyreese Breshers | Seattle Times Newspaper
Scout.com's Dave Telep is reporting Jernard Jarreau, a 6-10, 190 pound forward from New Orleans, is considering UW after committing to Virginia Commonwealth. Jarreau told Scout.com: "VCU is my No. 1 choice but I want to keep my options open."

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Scout.com is also reporting Jarreau has offers from UW, VCU, Tulane, Tulsa and Louisiana Tech. The Huskies are also hot on the trails of Norvel Pelle, who is rated the No. 2 center in the class of 2011 by Rivals.com. Coincidentally, he attended the same high school - Frederick K.C. Price High in Los Angeles - as Breshers.

As Romar told Allen, Breshers was not a 25 minute per game guy. If opening up the roster spot leads to stronger recruiting in the future, the long-term impact on the program of losing Breshers will be minimal.

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Breshers Potentially Leaves An Offensive Rebounding Void

As Todd Dybas of the Seattle PI has noted, the Washington Huskies will have options to replace Tyreese Breshers.

While that is certainly true, one of the Huskies’ relative strengths last season was their offensive rebounding, which they led the Pac-10 in. As it turns out, Breshers was one of their better players in that department.

Breshers was only fifth on the team in offensive rebounds per game, but if you expect that he was going to earn next minutes and challenge for a starting spot, his offensive rebounding percentage — the percentage of offensive rebounds he gets while on the floor — is more important.

Breshers was tied with Quincy Pondexter last season with a team-high 10.3% offensive rebounding percentage (Matthew Bryan-Amaning was second at 10.2%). So the problem is that the Huskies have now lost their two best offensive rebounders by percentage from last season, which is a bit of a blow to one of their biggest strengths. That’s before taking into account Breshers’ ability as a shot blocker.

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times compared Breshers to a Jon Brockman-type player and although Breshers’ freshman offensive rebounding wasn’t at the same level of Brockman (who had a 12.2% oreb%) given the composition of this particular roster, he would have been a similar presence.

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Washington Forward Tyreese Breshers Forced To Retire

Promising University of Washington forward Tyrese Breshers has been dealing with knee problems since the beginning of his Husky career. The four-star power forward out of Los Angeles, California was forced to redshirt his freshman year due to a shin injury he suffered in high-school and never fully recovered.

The injury made it painful to walk, workout and play basketball, leaving him out of shape and behind his classmates on the UW basketball team. Nevertheless, Breshers found his way into the UW rotation last year, averaging 9.9 minutes, 3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game while spelling starter Matthew Bryan-Amaning in the low-post.

Today, the Huskies announced Breshers will be forced to retired from basketball because of medical problems. 950 KJR's Curtis Crabtree broke the news on twitter.

Washington announces F Tyrese Breshers has retired from basketball due to medical reasons. He dealt with knee problems in the past. #Huskiesless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

 

The loss of Breshers leaves a void in the low-post for UW behind Bryan-Amaning. Darnell Gant and incoming junior college transfer Aziz N'Diaye should fill Breshers' role, but Washington is thin at the forward spot.

For more on the Huskies, check out SB Nation's UW Dawg Pound.

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