Inside UK Hoops Recruiting: Class of 2006

The summer months of June and July are always the most exciting for basketball recruiting nuts, as well as Kentucky basketball fans. In order to get yourself up-to-date for July's expected announcement of Tyler Hansbrough's college choice and the Nike Camp in July, we at <i>Inside Kentucky</i> will give you a brief glance into the next few years. <br><br> Tonight we take a look at the Class of 2006.....



Brandan Wright
PF 6'9 210
Nashville (TN)

Brentwood Academy is known primarily for its football prowess. But after Brandan Wright led the tiny school to a state basketball title as a freshmen, times are a changing. And a school that once led claim to current Colorado star David Harrison, now represents another talented basketball star inBrandon Wright.

"The first thing you notice when watching Wright is how long he is," Insiders Steven Drake said. "He's a legit 6-foot-8 with nearly a seven foot wing span. In that sense he could remind you of Luo Deng with his build. However the Brentwood, TN standout says he patterns himself after Kevin Garnett. With his athleticism, quickness, and agility."

Even though he's yet to fill out his frame, Wright is certainly unafraid to mix it up in the paint on either end of the floor. Defensively he's a jumping jack who's reach causes all kinds of problems for his opponents.

At 6'9, Wright was considered one of the top underclassmen at the Nike All-American Camp. The well-rounded left-hander is considered a unanimous Top Five players in the class of 2006. He currently lists Kentucky, Duke, Indiana, North Carolina, and Louisville in a top five that has not changed since December of his sophomore year.



Richard Semrau
PF 6'9 215
Rocky River (OH)

The 6-9, 210-pound sophomore forward at Rocky River Lutheran West (Ohio) was an afterthought to many recruiting gurus coming into this summer, but that has since changed since April.

"Semrau possesses the whole package. Great hands, nice footwork and a picture-perfect shot from the perimeter," InsidersHoops analyst Jeff Goodman said. "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. "

Semrau, certaintly fits the bill of a high school phenom, posting impressive numbers this past season – 23 points and 13 boards per contest....He lists Kentucky as his favorite, along side North Carolina and Arizona. UCLA and Louisville round out his top five.

"When you first catch a glimpse of Richard, your first guess is that he's another big forward who is fascinated with the idea of stepping out to the perimeter," Insiders National Recruiting Director Dave Telep said at the NBA Camp. "However, once he takes the court you realize that's not even close to being an accurate assumption."


Stanley Robinson
PF 6'9 210
Birmingham (AL)

Robinson and teammate Demetrius Jemison have been rumored to have been contacted by UK's coaching staff of late, in an apparent attempt to lure the duo to Lexington.

Robinson's game is very similar to Brandon Wright, only Wright's outside shot is a little more polished and his mobility and coaching is a little more advanced. Robinson does possess the traits that Tubby Smith likes in his forwards - tenacious around the rim and unselfish.

Robinson definitely needs to work on his passing, but he handles the ball well and moves very nicely for his frame.


Demetrius Jemison
SF/PF 6'6 235
Birmingham (AL)

Jemison is a bit undersized at 6 foot 6, but his physique has already drawn comparisons to current Wildcat Chuck Hayes with his stocky demenor and aggressive attitude at the forward position.

Jemison does not have much of an outside game, but uses his body well on the low block to create easy buckets. He's got a tremendous amount of leg strength and can body anybody up in the class of 2006.



Jarvis Crittenton
PG/SG 6'4 185
Atlanta (GA)

A former teammate of Randolph Morris and Dwight Howard, Crittenton has already garnered an offer from the home-town Yellow Jackets, whom seem content with making sure they keep the best in the city of Atlanta inside the state.

Crittenton is a special talent that can play any of two positions in college. He projects as a point guard, but could post up anybody on the low block with his strong moves to the basket and excellent wing span at the shooting guard position. If he continues to expand on his jump shooting and add the necessary weight, he could become a very special player in the future.

He showed his exceptional quickness and agility in camps this summer and hopes to impress Division 1 coaches now that he is out of Dwight Howard's shadows this year.

Coming Soon: Inside the Class of 2005!

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