College Basketball Nation: Desmond Simmons

Washington's Tyreese Breshers retires

September, 16, 2010
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Washington lost from its Sweet 16 team forward Tyreese Breshers, who the school announced Wednesday was retiring from basketball due to medical reasons.

The reasons were not detailed by the school due to privacy regulations, but Breshers has dealt with injuries leading up to his first year in action as a redshirt freshman and part-time starter last season.

From the Seattle Times:
Breshers fractured his shin during his senior year at K.C. Price III High in Los Angeles when he was kicked in the leg. After arriving at Washington in 2008, he underwent surgery in which a rod was inserted through his patella tendon into his shin.

The surgery stabilized the fractured shin, but the rod irritated his knee and forced him to redshirt the 2008-09 season.

Breshers returned last season but his recovery was slower than expected.

Breshers averaged 3 points and 2.6 rebounds, and the Huskies will miss his tough presence that was on display while not feeling 100 percent and still starting 12 games and playing in 34.

On a guard-heavy team, the loss of the 6-7 Breshers potentially creates more playing time for Darnell Gant and newcomers Aziz N'Diaye and Desmond Simmons.

"Any time you lose a family member it is tough," Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement. "Tyreese was a big part of our program, but his long term well-being is much more important than the game of basketball. We are fortunate that he will be around our program and get his degree from the University of Washington."

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