2006 Focus: Richard Semrau

Plenty of guys came from nowhere last month, but no sophomore may have made a bigger jump from obscurity than Richard Semrau. The Ohio forward reveals his top five schools.

When you talk about guys that virtually came out of nowhere this spring, you can't omit Richard Semrau.

The 6-9, 210-pound sophomore forward at Rocky River Lutheran West (Ohio) was an afterthought to many scanning the roster of Blessed IJN coming into April, but when the month was over, Semrau had turned himself into one of the nation's most sought-after young players.

Semrau possesses the whole package. Great hands, nice footwork and a picture-perfect shot from the perimeter. He still has his deficiencies – such as strength, putting the ball on the floor and rebounding, but he has coaches already talking about his potential.

``It was a good month for me," Semrau said. "I really didn't expect any of it. It was pretty cool and a good experience. I just try to keep my head."

It may have never happened like it has if not for Semrau playing against Blessed IJN coach Eric Vaughn at the Spiece tournament. After the game, Vaughn approached Semrau about playing with him this year and the rest is history. Now Semrau travels more than three hours for practice.

Semrau did post impressive numbers this past season – 23 points and 13 boards per contest. The letters prior to April came from Butler, Kent State, Akron, Cleveland State and the biggest one was courtesy of Xavier.

Now the list reads as follows: Kentucky, North Carolina, Arizona, Louisville, UCLA, Indiana, Illinois, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Wake Forest – with the first three schools in the lead and UCLA and Louisville rounding out his top five.

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