|High School and College Career
Schrempf moved to the United States his senior year of high school, attending Centralia High School in Centralia, Washington, for one year, leading the Tigers to the state title in his senior year in 1981 by defeating the Blazers of Timberline High School.
He played collegebasketball at University of Washington, where he was named to the All-Pac-10Team and The Sporting NewsAll-America Second Team. At college, he was a member of the Phi Delta ThetaFraternity and majored in International Business.
Originally selected eighth overall by the Dallas Mavericksin the 1985 NBA Draft, Schrempf became a regular in NBA rotations after being traded to the Indiana Pacersin exchange for veteran center Herb Williams. With the Pacers, he won consecutive NBA Sixth Man Awardsin 1990 and 1991. He finished second in the NBA with a .478 three-point percentage in 1987, and eventually worked his way into the starting lineup. In the 1992-93 season, he was selected to the first of his three National Basketball Association All-Star Gameswith the others being in 1995and 1997. He was the only player in the NBA in 1992-93 to finish in the top 25 in scoring (19.1 ppg), rebounding (9.5 rpg) and assists (6.0 apg).
Following the 1992-93 NBA season, Schrempf was traded to the Seattle SuperSonicsfor forward Derrick McKeyand guard/forward Gerald Paddio. He ranked second in the NBA in three-point accuracy during the 1994-95 seasonwith a 51.4 three-point field goal percentage. On a Sonics team that also featured Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Sam Perkins, and Hersey Hawkins, Schrempf reached the NBA Finalsin 1996, where they lost to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bullsin six games. Schrempf became the first (and one of only two, to date, along with Dirk Nowitzki) German-born NBA player to reach the NBA Finals. While with the Sonics, Schrempf played in his final two NBA All-Star games.
Schrempf was released by the Sonics in 1999 and signed the same day by the Portland Trail Blazers, with whom he played until his retirement from professional basketball in 2001, playing in a total of 1136 regular season games and 114 playoff games. On January 24, 2006, the Seattle SuperSonics hired Schrempf as an assistant coach under Bob Hill, who coached Schrempf with the Indiana Pacers.
Schrempf played for the West Germany national team in the 1984 Olympics and the 1983 and 1985 European championships. In 1992, he played for the German Olympic team.