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Jereme Richmond Will Be One of Those NBA Draft Cautionary Tales

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.

Then he butted heads with coach Bruce Webber late in the season, was suspended for the last two games, and declared for the NBA draft. Nobody selected him.

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.

Richmond arrested after dispute with woman [Tribune; H/T B]

 

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