Jereme Richmond of Waukegan, Illinois, was a standout high school basketball player. As a freshman playing his first varsity game, he scored 34 points and took 21 rebounds, and Illinois offered him a scholarship. He was recruited by Duke, Michigan State, and North Carolina, but opted for his hometown Illini. (I highly suggest the video below; it’ll be Richmond’s career highlight.)
Rivals had Richmond as the 35th best player in the class of 2010. On a senior-laden team that eventually fell apart, Richmond had an up-and-down frehsman season, but occasional flashes of brilliance (18 and 10 in a nationally-televised loss to Ohio State) led some to believe he might be the team’s best player in 2012.
You know how this story ends: Richmond was arrested this week in his hometown and charged with: “aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, battery, disorderly conduct, possession of a firearm and assault.” It’s too early to tell what will stick and what won’t, but his future basketball prospects are certainly bleak.
Richmond was being held in lieu of $100,000 bond after he was arrested after a confrontation in front of a Waukegan residence in the 3000 block of Golfmoor at about 12:30 p.m. with a female with whom he reportedly had been in a relationship. Police found a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun in a vehicle with three other men who also were arrested, according to Waukegan Police Commander Gabe Guzman.