Semrau, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward from Lutheran High School West in Rocky River, Ohio, didn't rate highly at the recent Reebok ABCD camp. However, he did show flashes of skill when he buried some long-range jumpers.
Semrau, who averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds as a sophomore last season, didn't have as many field goal attempts as the average player at the camp. It's probably because Semrau is a very unselfish player who was trying to fit into a system -- a system that simply doesn't exist much at any sneaker camp.
Richard knows the sneaker camps are for the guards to run the break and hoist up jumpers. But he seemed pleased about the experience. "It was great here," he said. "I had a lot of fun and I learned a lot from the coaches here. I loved it."
There's a lot to love about Semrau's game too. He plays hard at both ends of the court. Once he strengthens his frame, he will become more confident in his inside game. He averaged five points a game but didn't take more than seven shots in any one of the seven contests. When he did take his shots, he scored. He was five of seven against the Wizards for his best point total of 10.
Just a member of the class of 2006, it's early in his recruiting process. But he has much interest. "I am hearing from Kentucky, Indiana, Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina State, Florida State, North Carolina, Stanford, Michigan State, and Illinois," he said. "I don't have a favorite or a leader. I am still open."
The next year will determine whether any of the high majors become serious and offer. But Semrau has the right attitude. "I am trying to work on everything in my game this summer," he said. "This camp was a good chance to do that. I just have to keep working at it."