SULLIVAN: Richard Semrau still open

It was just last summer at the ABCD camp in New Jersey that most coaches and scouts started to recognize the talents of 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward Richard Semrau of Lutheran West High School in Ohio.

It was just last summer at the ABCD camp in New Jersey that most coaches and scouts started to recognize the talents of 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward Richard Semrau of Lutheran West High School in Ohio. Now, 10 pounds stronger, and more confident in his offensive game, Semrau is one of the bigger targets for high division one programs.

"Unfortunately our season is over," Semrau said. "We lost in the playoffs. So I am now going to think about taking visits."

The schools Richard is currently considering are Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. "I plan on visiting Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Wake Forest for sure," Semrau said. "I like all of the schools. They all have great coaches and successful programs."

Semrau commented on each of the five programs:

On Wake Forest: "I like the way the team's offense flows. Chris Paul does a good job in getting everyone involved in the offense. The big men are very active there and are allowed to do many things offensively."

On Kentucky: "The great tradition there. I grew up watching a lot of Kentucky games. I like the way they play defense. It's amazing. My coach also played there so I have heard about Kentucky since I was very young."

On North Carolina: "It was great to see Coach Williams at the game the other night. He spoke to my coach. Because we lost I didn't feel like doing much talking. The tradition is great there too and I like the way they get the big men involved there too."

On Illinois: "The way they play and the style is great. I like the way they move the ball up and down the court. I like teams that take advantage of the fastbreak and use the big men."

On Florida: "Coach Donovan is very personable and has had a lot of success there too. I haven't seen them as much on television as I have the other schools." Richard says he watches a lot of college basketball on television. This gives Semrau the opportunity to check out the players, coaches and the style of play. It seems Semrau is able to adjust to any offensive since his skill level is pretty diverse right now.

"I thought my rebounding this year was much better," he said. "I had one game in which I had 22 or 23 rebounds. So I have been focusing on that part of my game too. I also missed five games due to an ankle problem. But I fought through that and continued through the season."

Semrau, who averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds per game this past season as a junior, is an attractive recruit for college programs because of his skill level. "I wanted to get stronger and more consistent in my jumper," Richard said. "I think I have done that this season."

With the season done, Semrau is now concentrating on setting up visits. "I had spoken to North Carolina and Wake Forest about dates but they said once my season was over they would speak to me about it," he said. "Well, now it's over. So I hope I can set up my visits for the month of March."

Richard does say he hopes to have a decision by this Fall. Before his decision, he plans on returning to the ABCD camp this July in Teaneck, New Jersey. This summer is just another chance for Semrau to show how far along is overall game has come. For now, schools like Illinois, Wake Forest, and Florida believe enough to offer him a free ride. And Kentucky and North Carolina could be close to extending him a scholarship.

"I am going to take my time right now and take my visits," Semrau stated. "I don't want to rush anything. I just want to see the schools. Some of the schools I have already seen but I want to go for an official visit. A school like Illinois I have never seen but I would like to see the school soon."


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