2006 forward likes Arizona

There are a number of talented big men in the class of 2006. Arizona has already offered a few and there are some other very talented players who have expressed interest in the Wildcats. One Ohio big man has the talent, now he just needs a little bulk and aggressiveness.

Richard Semrau recently participated in the Reebok ABCD Camp in Teaneck, New Jersey. He had a rough early outing, but he worked extra hard the next day to make up for it and wound up having a very solid camp.

Semrau is a 6-9, 205-pound power forward from Grafton, OH. Semrau shows a very strong willingness to learn, and has talent to play at the college level. Even when he struggled Semrau showed the talent and potential for improvement.

Semrau is a big guy, however he lacks the necessary muscle. He is still very young, but Semrau needs to hit the weights. This will make him stronger physically, and allow him to battle under the boards. During the event he lacked the aggressiveness necessary to play with college post players.

At the camp he appeared to take well to teaching from the camp coaches. He showed a strong ability to make nice moves to the basketball, and is very explosive. He isn't the fastest player on the court, but he has decent quickness for a player of his size.

If Semrau becomes more aggressive under the boards, and becomes strong enough to not allow himself to get pushed around so easy, he could be one of the best forwards in the country. However, at this time, he needs to get more aggressive and stronger.

Semrau is interested in, "Arizona, Kentucky, Illinois, Wake Forest and North Carolina."

The Wildcats appear to be interested in the big man. If he did land at Arizona it would be very interesting to see if they could have the same success with Semrau as they did with Channing Frye. Frye came into his freshman year needing bulk and aggressiveness and by the start of the Pac-10 season he was more than holding his own with bigger, older players.

Semrau added that Kentucky, Illinois and Wake Forest are recruiting him the hardest. The Wildcats have offered James Keefe and Alex Stepheson in the class and as of now they are higher priorities. Add to that the crop of young power forwards already on campus and their pursuit of a big man in the '05 class and his priority in the eyes of the Wildcat coaches may not be known until next spring.

Semrau is looking for a school with, "Good academics…good basketball, and a team that runs the floor." He is very confident in his skills, and was one of the nicest kids in New Jersey. He was pleasant to speak with and seemed to enjoy the attention from the media, as well as the overall camp experience.

The biggest obstacle for Semrau's services is the fact that he lives in Ohio. He says that distance doesn't really matter but most of his schools are close to home and it is never easy to pry a player out of the Midwest.

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