Former Illinois G Jereme Richmond facing significant prison time

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Jereme Richmond, who was a four-star, top-30 player coming out of high school and played one season at Illinois (2010-11) faces up to seven years in federal prison.

According to the Associated Press, Richmond has been convicted of threatening a probation officer. A Waukegan, Ill., jury found Richmond guilty Thursday; he'll be sentenced on Sept. 26. Per Richmond's attorney, there remains a possibility he will avoid jail time and receive even more probation. Richmond, who in 2011 declared for the NBA Draft -- and went undrafted -- is 21 years old.

Richmond was arrested in April after telling a probation officer to "be real safe," according to police reports. He also allegedly mimed the act of holding a gun to the female officer. The arrest came 14 months into an 18-month probation period.

Richmond's attorney denied his client made any such hand signal. From the Chicago Tribune:

Lawrence Wade, Richmond's attorney, said his client had made no threats.
"What Jereme did was nothing," he said. "The probation officers watching him in his car developed something to point at to say, 'Look at what he's doing.' They were looking for dirt and they found it."

The probation stemmed from a guilty plea in 2012 after Richmond copped to "unlawful use of a weapon," according to the AP. That case saw allegations against Richmond of physical abuse toward a 17-year-old girl that also included allegations of violence against the girl's family.

Richmond was a McDonald's All-American and named Mr. Basketball in Illinois in his senior year of high school. While at Illinois, he averaged 7.6 points and 5.0 rebounds.

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