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Making the Leap: Richmond leaves Illinois

Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:10 pm

Posted by Jeff Borzello

It seems that the saga of Jereme Richmond at Illinois is finally over.

On Saturday, two sources informed that Richmond was likely entering his name into the NBA Draft. His brother, William, refuted those rumors though.

Tuesday, Richmond made it official, announcing that he was leaving Illinois and would look to hire an agent.

“I enjoyed my time at the University of Illinois and would like to thank the coaching staff and my teammates for everything they’ve done for me,” Richmond said in a statement. “At this time, I’m ready to follow my dreams and achieve my life-long goal of playing in the NBA.”

Richmond had his ups and downs during his freshman campaign under Bruce Weber. He missed practice in January and then didn’t play in either NCAA tournament game amidst rumors that he was involved in a fight with teammates in early March.

He averaged 7.6 points and 5.0 rebounds.

In addition to Richmond, the Fighting Illini also lose senior starters Demetri McCamey, Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale, as well as forward Bill Cole. Next season, wings D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul will need to take a step forward offensively, while Meyers Leonard has to become more assertive down low. After that, the rotation seems unclear.

Fortunately, Weber brings in a tremendous recruiting class. Mycheal Henry is an explosive scorer, Tracy Abrams is a solid point guard, and Mike Shaw and Nnanna Egwu should be able to help down low.

While Richmond would have been the most talented player on the roster next season, his off-court distractions would not have been worth the risk.

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Category: NCAAB
Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2011 9:49 am
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Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 11:11 pm

Making the Leap: Richmond leaves Illinois

This young man seems to be making many misguided decisions lately. His one year at Illinois as well as his high school career were full of way too much drama! To test the NBA waters as McCamey & Davis did last year is not a problem. They both found out what NBA scouts were looking for and tried to improve their stock. But to go ahead and hire an agent after a so-so season (7pts-5rb game & all the drama) seems to be a big mistake on his part and possibly on the part of those guiding this young man's future. I see no way that he is even a 2nd round draft pick at this time, but coming back next year, showing that he can be a team player and a leader and most likely putting up some big numbers could have been worth MILLIONS to him. If more of the same (drama) was on it's way next year though, maybe it is better for the TEAM that he pursues his dream. Good luck Mr. Richmond. 

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:21 pm

Making the Leap: Richmond leaves Illinois

Not for this choice, but possibly for the many that came before it.  Best of luck to Jereme.  If he happens to make a roster and see the floor, I'll root for him.

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 9:57 pm

Making the Leap: Richmond leaves Illinois

It's official. Richmond is an idiot.

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