"I'm Very Happy with My Decision."

Richard Semrau, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound rising senior forward at Lutheran West, Ohio talked about his upcoming plans and why he chose Illinois.

Recently Semrau's team participated in the Adidas May Classic but he was a no-show due to other commitments. Semrau will be playing in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions on May 27th – 29th.

With all the talk about Illinois prospect Jon Scheyer, Semrau knows how important a player he can be for the Illini. "On our visit down there I left all kinds of hints that I would be committing to Illinois. I've tried to call him a few times, but right now is a hard time for him I'm sure," Semrau said.

Semrau talked about their play when they were both down there on official visits the weekend of April 30th. "We both played really well; he's a good player. I shot the ball really well that weekend. I couldn't do anything in the post; Augustine and those guys were too strong for me."

Recruiting can be tough on young kids at times and Semrau said it was tough on him. "I'm glad it's all over. I'm really happy with my decision to attend Illinois. They have great coaches up there and I know I will get better playing for Coach Weber."

Semrau is 100% healthy and he will continue to play a lot of AAU basketball. He's trying to improve his game each time out. Rankings don't mean a thing to this 6'9" big man, "I just have to go out, work on my game, and get better each time out." Semrau is the teammate of another Illini recruiting target, Marques Johnson. He will make sure to put a word or two in for Bruce Weber and his staff.

Side Note: I spoke with Charles Jackson on Saturday. He's getting ready for graduation and plans to be in Champaign by the end of the month. Jackson feels if he can get an early start, the better it will be for him. Jackson also stated that he's spoken to another Illini recruit, Jamar Smith, a lot more these days.



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