It happens every year at this time. Relative unknowns begin to rise to the top and make themselves a hot commodity to the world of basketball. 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward Richard Semrau knew it was his time at the Las Vegas Easter Classic. The class of 2006 took advantage of the opportunity with his Blessed INJ team and now several programs have put offers on the table.
Semrau, who plays at Lutheran West High School in Rocky River, Ohio, wowed coaches with his versatility and overall basketball skills. He impressed coaches so much, that his AAU coach Eric Vaughn didn’t even have time to relax after returning home from the desert.
“Come Monday, I had so many calls from coaches regarding Richard. He played that well,” Vaughn said. “Everyone has been calling. UCLA, Georgia Tech, Louisville all called. Boston College saw him there and they loved him. Indiana knows about him and they like him a lot, too.”
Vaughn also said Boston College, Indiana and UCLA have already extended a scholarship offer. Before the tournament, Semrau said he’s received letters and general interest from Xavier, Arizona, Butler and Penn State.
“This is just the beginning. He is getting better and better,” Vaughn said. “This was just his first taste of playing at a high level. He wasn’t afraid and went out there and played like he normally does. The sky is the limit for him.”
We likened Semrau’s game to Marquette’s Steve Novak after watching him but the big man sees himself more like a NBA superstar.
“A lot of people compare me to Dirk Nowitzki. That’s what people call me,” Semrau said. “I take it as a challenge and try to go out there and do better.”
Semrau is a capable player from the three spot to the center position. Defensively, he’s a good shot blocker and rebounder inside. On the wing, he has a pretty shot. As a ball hanlder, he should be respected. As an athlete, he’s very solid.
The secret is out and now the coaches will be flocking. They will be able to see Semrau first hand this weekend at Charlie Weber’s Capital Invitational in Washington D.C. RivalsHoops.com will be there as well. Stay tuned for more updates.