Nov. 8, 2023
By David Nordby
The Brillion News
Jeremy Lorenz made a lot of history for Brillion basketball and that legacy continues at the collegiate level.
The 6-foot-8 true freshman at Wofford University made his debut for the Terriers on Monday night against Brevard, a Division III team in North Carolina.
Lorenz’s debut was a crowning achievement for his basketball career, as well as history for Brillion. Lorenz is now officially the first former Brillion boys player to appear in a game for an NCAA Division I team.
Lorenz played 24 minutes off the bench and scored 12 points (5-9 shooting) with 10 rebounds, two blocks and one steal. The Terriers won 85-68 in front of a home crowd of 1,039 at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium on the school’s campus in Spartanburg, S.C.
Lorenz appeared in an exhibition game on Nov. 1 against South Carolina that the Terriers lost 60-57. He played 16 minutes with five points (2-4 shooting), one rebound, two assists and one block.
Mary Berghuis long held the distinction of being the only former Brillion player – boys or girls – to reach the Division 1 level. Berghuis was a four-year starter at center for the Southern Illinois Salukis in Carbondale, Ill. from 1984-1988. Berghuis competed in the NCAA Tournament in 1986 and 1987 and was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2003. Amanda (Popp) Kabat reached the Division I level and helped UW-Green Bay reach the NCAA Tournament.
Lorenz’s fellow 2023 graduate Megan Schuman will take to the court for Winona State University this season at the Division II level. The group from Brillion to reach the Division 1 or Division II levels is an elite one with Berghuis, Popp, Lorenz, Schuman and Kylie Moxley, who played at Michigan Tech.
Lorenz finished his Brillion career with a school record 1,992 points and led the team to a state championship as a senior.