D. J. Richardson

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D. J. Richardson
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Richardson playing for Illinois in January, 2012.
Spirou Charleroi
Position Shooting guard
League Belgian League
Personal information
Born (1991-02-11) February 11, 1991 (age 25)
Peoria, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Peoria Central (Peoria, Illinois)
Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada)
College Illinois (2009–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Undrafted
Playing career 2013–present
Career history
2013 Güssing Knights
2014–2015 Korikobrat
2015–2016 Kouvot
2016–present Spirou Charleroi
Career highlights and awards

Dietrich James "D. J." Richardson (born February 11, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for Spirou Charleroi. He attended Peoria Central for his first three years of high school and transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada for his senior year.[1] He played collegiately at the University of Illinois.

High school[edit]

As a junior at Peoria Central Richardson was selected to first-team All-State by the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and second-team All-State by the AP and Chicago Sun-Times.[1] In his senior year at Findlay College Prep, Richardson, along with Texas recruit Avery Bradley, led the Findlay College Prep Pilots to a high school national championship after beating Oak Hill 74-66 and finishing their season 33-0.[2] He was also chosen to play in the annual Senior Showcase game in Orlando.

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
D.J. Richardson
Peoria, IL Findlay College Prep 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oct 11, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #12 (SG)   Rivals: #38 (overall)  ESPN: #46 (overall)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

Richardson joined fellow 2009 recruits, including Brandon Paul, on the University of Illinois 2009–10 men's basketball team coached by Bruce Weber. Andy Katz of ESPN called Richardson and Paul "the best freshman backcourt not at Kentucky John Wall and Eric Bledsoe".[3] Richardson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the coaches and was unanimously selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.[4] Richardson finished his career ranked 13th on Illini all-time scoring list (1,477 points, third in made 3-pointers (278), and tied for third in games played (138). After his senior season, Richardson was selected to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.[5]

College Statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
2009–10 Illinois 36 35 30.9 .399 .390 .775 2.7 2.1 0.7 0.2 10.5
2010–11 Illinois 34 30 26.8 .415 .385 .758 1.8 1.9 0.7 0.2 8.4
2011–12 Illinois 32 31 34.7 .387 .348 .774 3.0 1.7 0.8 0.2 11.6
2012–13 Illinois 36 36 33.8 .363 .322 .815 3.9 1.6 1.3 0.2 14.5
Career 138 132 31.5 .388 .355 .787 2.8 1.8 0.9 0.2 13.6

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, Richardson worked out for the Utah Jazz in mid-September 2013.[6] On October 24, 2013, Richardson signed to play professionally in Austria for the UBC Güssing Knights.[7] In January 2014 Richardson signed to play for Toros de Aragua of the Venezuelan Professional Basketball League, however he suffered an ankle injury that forced the team to cut him before playing a game.[8] On July 31, 2014 Richardson signed with Korikobrat which competes as a member of the Korisliiga in Finland.[9] After that season, he signed with Kouvot from the same Korisliiga for the 2015–16 season. He eventually won the Finnish championship with Kouvot.


  1. ^ a b "Player Bio: D.J. Richardson". fightingillini.com. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Zillgitt, Jeff (2009-04-05). "No. 1 Findlay Prep wins national title 74-66 vs. No. 2 Oak Hill". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  3. ^ Katz, Andy (2009-11-16). "24 things for the 24-hour marathon". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  4. ^ "Big Ten Announces All-Big Ten Teams and Individual Honorees". Big Ten Conference. 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  5. ^ Forza, Apollo (2013-04-09). "D.J. Richardson To Play In Portsmouth Invitational". Vox Media. Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  6. ^ "Richardson earns workout with NBA's Jazz". WCIA. 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  7. ^ "D.J. Richardson goes pro with Gussing". Court-Side Newspaper. 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  8. ^ Hammond, Sean (2014-02-24). "Former Illini D.J. Richardson giving Groce a helping hand". Daily Illini. Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  9. ^ "Lapuan Korikobrat sign D.J. Richardson". Sportnado. 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2015-02-11. 

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