June 6, 2011

Eagles Add 6-foot-10 German to Hoops Roster

Originally from Berlin, Martin Seiferth will transfer to EWU from Oregon

Martin Seiferth, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound center from Berlin, Germany, will transfer from the University of Oregon to Eastern Washington University to play men's basketball, new Eagle head coach Jim Hayford announced Monday (June 6). Seiferth will redshirt the 2011-12 season.

He is Eastern's first transfer from a Pacific-10 Conference school in nearly 10 years. Josh Barnard transferred from the University of Washington in 2002, and lettered in the 2003-04 season when the Eagles made their first and only appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Seiferth attended Max Taut School in Berlin, and averaged nearly 13 points and seven rebounds in his final season of club basketball in Germany before coming to the United States.

"We believe he can develop into a top big man in the Big Sky Conference," said Hayford. "He brings great athleticism and quickness to go with his height, and has put on 20 pounds of muscle since coming to the U.S. last fall. We have three senior post players in the program, so this will allow us to have one of their replacements step in with familiarity to the program.  We are very pleased that he chose us out of all the options he was presented."

Seiferth played in 12 games for the Ducks in the 2010-11 season and averaged 4.3 minutes per outing. He finished with eight points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots and a pair of assists, while making 3-of-9 shots from the field and 2-of-4 free throws. His top performance came against Willamette on Dec. 11, 2010, when he scored four points and had three rebounds in the 100-67 victory.

Seiferth played the 2009-10 season for Berlin's VFB Hermsdorf club team under the direction of head coach Jan Michaelis. He made 50 percent of his shots from the field.

He also spent two seasons (2007-09) playing for head coach Hendrik Rödl with ALBA Berlin's youth team That squad won the Nachwuchs Basketball Bundesliga League (NBBL) Championship in the 2008-09 campaign, while finishing as runner-up during the 2007-08 season. He also played for Marzahner Basket Bären (Berlin) during the 2006-07 season.

Besides Barnard, Scott McKie is the only other former Pac-10 player to compete for the Eagles since Eastern became a member of NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 school year. McKie played at Oregon State and Mt. Hood Community College before lettering for the Eagles in the 1983-84 season.

 

Personal: Born Sept. 18, 1990, in Berlin, Germany. He intends on majoring in engineering at Eastern. Son of Andrea Seiferth and Hans-Joachim Seiferth. His brother, Andreas Seiferth, plays professionally for the ALBA Berlin elite team.

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