Richard Semrau Will Play for Illinois

Recruiting can be a tough game, but a tough recruit was landed this weekend. This past Sunday Head Coach Bruce Weber landed one of the nation's top big men in 6-9 Richard Semrau.'s Kedric Prince spoke with Semrau about his commitment. Read here for more information.

On Thursday of last week Richard Semrau from Lutheran West High School in Rocky River, Ohio, along with Jon Scheyer of Glenbrook North, Illinois, took official visits to Illinois and one came away so impressed he verbaled to Weber on Sunday.

Semrau is a four-star recruit and may be just what Weber needed to get the ball rolling in Champaign. "I committed to Illinois because Coach Weber proved to everyone in just his second year what kind of coach he is. Since I committed, I will not pressure kids to come to Illinois but I will certainly start to talk to them about what a good place Illinois is to play basketball," said Semrau.

Semrau talked about his friend that he met for the first time this weekend, Jon Scheyer. "We both played pretty good. I really liked Jon. It would be great to play with him, but I really don't know if he's going to Illinois or Duke at this point."

Because of NCAA rules the media and coaches are not allowed to attend workouts, but Semrau said that both kids played well. He felt that senior-to-be James Augustine was a bit too much for him, "He's a good player and I liked how Weber allows all of his players to play to their strengths, and James did that for Illinois."

Semrau told me last week that he would commit to Illinois if he felt it was right. "Everything about the visit was good. The players and coaches were great and Illinois has a good basketball tradition."

Right now no one really knows what Scheyer's plans are. Make no mistake; Scheyer is the "one" to get, but the Illini have kept the cupboard open with plenty of good players to choose from. Marques Johnson from Fort Wayne, Indiana, comes in ranked at #57 and sources say he's been offered and likes the Illini. Willie Walker is a 5'11" point guard whose stock is rising every week. Currently Walker comes in ranked #89 out of #100, but that's sure to grow. This week we will be talking with most of the kids that are interested in the Illini and what their plans are.

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