Jereme Richmond

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Jereme Richmond
Guard / Forward
Personal information
Born (1992-03-13) March 13, 1992 (age 22)
Evanston, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Waukegan (Waukegan, Illinois)
College Illinois (2010–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2012–2013
Career history
2012–2013 Sauk Valley Predators (PBL)

Jereme Richmond (born March 13, 1992) is a former college basketball player for the University of Illinois. Following the end of his freshman season, Richmond declared for the 2011 NBA Draft though he was not drafted. He formerly played for the Sauk Valley Predators of the Premier Basketball League. In November 2013, Richmond was sentenced to serve three years in prison. Earlier in 2013 he was convicted of harassment of a witness for making threatening comments and gestures to a probation officer.[1]

High school[edit]

As a freshman, Richmond attended North Shore Country Day School of Winnetka, Illinois. Following a transfer in his sophomore year, he excelled as the starting small forward for the Waukegan High Bulldogs basketball team of Waukegan, Illinois. As a junior, he led Waukegan to a runner-up finish in the 2009 IHSA Class 4A State Tournament. The next year as a senior he led the team to a third-place finish in the same tournament.

Accolades[edit]

In his senior year, Richmond was named to the 2010 McDonald's All-American Boys Game roster.[2] Richmond was also named the 2010 Illinois Mr. Basketball. Following his senior year, Richmond was a member of the USA Basketball U18 National Team that won a gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in June 2010.

Recruitment[edit]

According to ESPNU, Richmond was the twenty-third best overall high school recruit for the class of 2010 as well as the fourth best small forward.[3] According to Rivals.com, Richmond was the thirty-fifth best overall recruit.[4]

College[edit]

Entering his freshman year at Illinois, Richmond was widely considered by scouts as a talented player with NBA lottery pick potential. Playing primarily as a wing player, he has good length making him a good on the ball defender and a capable shot blocker. His strengths include his ability to attack from the wing with the ball creating shots for himself or teammates.

Freshman Year[edit]

During the 2010-11 season, Richmond played 22.1 minutes per game appearing in all regular season games except one. During the season, Richmond averaged 7.6 points per game, 1.8 assists per game and 5.0 rebounds per game.[5]

Professional career[edit]

He declared for the 2011 NBA Draft on April 5, 2011, but went undrafted.[6] On February 22, 2012 Richmond agreed to play with the Sauk Valley Predators of the Premier Basketball League.[7][8] Jereme's brother, Justin Richmond, plays in the same league.[8]

Legal Trouble[edit]

Waukegan Police Department mugshot of Jereme Richmond

On August 9, 2011 Richmond was charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, illegal possession of a firearm, and unlawful use of a handgun after he allegedly beat his seventeen-year-old girlfriend and threatened to shoot her.[9][10][11] On October 5, Richmond tested positive for marijuana after a random drug test while on bond. When the Lake County court learned of this, he was taken to jail on October 21. He was due to return to court on November 7.[12] On December 22, Richmond was placed on court-ordered home detention, meaning that it is mandatory that he be home between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. as a bond condition.[13] On January 23, 2012, Richmond was sentenced to 18 months probation, ordered to pay a $500 fine and court costs, and completion of 200 hours of community service, after pleading guilty to unlawful use of a weapon. The other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.[14] On October 25, 2012, Richmond was returned to jail after violating several conditions of his probation.[15] On April 26, 2013, Richmond was again taken into custody based on new felony charges of witness harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident involving his probation officer. On August 8, Richmond was found guilty on two of three counts of harassment of a witness, and faced up to seven years in federal prison. On November 25, 2013, Richmond was sentenced to three years in prison.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Illinois Mr. Basketball Gets Three Years In Prison". CBS Chicago. November 25, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Helfgot, Mike (February 10, 2010). "Waukegan senior, Illinois recruit Jereme Richmond to be named McDonald's All-American". Chicago Tribune. 
  3. ^ "Jereme Richmond 2010 Basketball Recruiting Profile". 
  4. ^ "Jereme Richmond- Yahoo! Sports". 
  5. ^ "Jereme Richmond Stats, News, Photos- Illinois Fighting Illini- ESPN". 
  6. ^ "Illini's Jereme Richmond declares for NBA Draft". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  7. ^ Ryan, Shannon (2012-02-22). "Ex-Illini forward Richmond signs with Premier League team". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  8. ^ a b Powers, Scott. "Jereme Richmond to Play Pro Ball". 
  9. ^ Gordon, Tony. "Former Waukegan hoops star charged with beating women". Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  10. ^ Samantha Kiesel (August 9, 2011). "The Daily Illini :: Former Illini Jereme Richmond arrested". The Daily Illini. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ Shannon Ryan (August 9, 2011). "Jereme Richmond: Former Illinois basketball player arrested after confrontation with woman - chicagotribune.com". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ Kramer, Beth (2011-10-21). "Jereme Richmond tests positive for pot, sent back to jail". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2011-12-17. "Jereme Richmond was taken back to jail Friday after a Lake County judge learned the former Waukegan High School basketball star tested positive for marijuana while out on bond.
    Richmond, 19, tested positive for marijuana after a random drug test on Oct. 5, according to Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney James Newman.
    Associate Judge Theodore Potkonjak set Richmond’s bond back to $100,000 and he was remanded to the Lake County Jail."
     
  13. ^ "Jereme Richmond gets home detention". ESPN. 2011-12-22. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  14. ^ "Ex-Illini Jereme Richmond pleads guilty to gun charge, gets probation". Chicago Sun-Times. 2012-01-23. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  15. ^ "Ex-Illini standout Jereme Richmond violates probation, sent back to jail - chicagotribune.com". 
  16. ^ "Ex-Waukegan hoops star Jereme Richmond gets 3 years in prison - Chicago Sun-Times".