Jereme Richmond Rumors

Illinois coach Bruce Weber said Thursday he was concerned about Jereme Richmond’s future when he decided to leave the program following his freshman season. Since departing Illinois last season, Richmond, who was not selected in the NBA draft in June, was arrested for battery and weapon charges after allegedly threatening his ex-girlfriend and her father in August. He returned to jail after failing a drug test last week. “Anytime a kid leaves a program, who they pick as an agent, who they listen to, those things are all important,” Weber said at the Big Ten basketball media day. “There’s no doubt. It’s every kid, but in Jereme’s case just to make the right decision and go the right way. Things didn’t go the right way for him obviously. It’s sad. It’s a sad story of sports and athletics.”
NBA observer Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com says that remains a possibility. Richmond has size, youth and raw talent and, despite getting passed over in June’s draft, could yet find his way to the league, though likely in a minor role. Givony added, however, that Richmond is running short on chances. “When you’re looking at a guy like Jereme, at best an off-the-bench player, (legal trouble) really hurts,” Givony said. “They need to be the best guys off the court. They need to work hard. Distractions can’t come from those guys.”
Teenage basketball star Jereme Richmond has become well-versed in turmoil during his short, brilliant and exasperating career. He was twice kicked off his high school squad, suspended during his one-and-done year at the University of Illinois and undrafted by NBA teams after missing workouts. All of that is insignificant compared with what he faces now. In August, Richmond was arrested amid allegations that he punched his ex-girlfriend and threatened her family, charges that if proved could put him behind bars for up to five years. What’s more, Richmond was jailed Friday for allegedly failing a drug test imposed as a condition of his bond.
“No one’s untouchable,” he said. “There are rules to life.” Less than 48 hours after saying that, Richmond was standing in a Lake County courtroom, accused of breaking another rule. He allegedly tested positive for marijuana in an Oct. 5 drug test administered by the courts, and on Friday, Judge Theodore Potkonjak raised Richmond’s bond from $65,000 to $100,000. He said if Richmond made bail, the teen would be confined to his parents’ house except for “genuine training opportunities” that must be confirmed by the court. Potkonjak ordered Richmond to return to custody. He stood and handed his wallet and other possessions to his lawyer. Then he was guided toward the door leading back to jail, his eyes brimming with tears. “Get it all out now,” a court officer said. With that, Richmond vanished into the corridor, one more detour on a road that seems to grow ever longer.
Former Illinois and Waukegan basketball player Jereme Richmond was released from Lake County Jail on a $100,000 bond Friday. Richmond’s first court date will be a preliminary hearing Sept. 1. He was arrested last week on charges of assault, battery, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm and disorderly conduct. Police were called to the home of a woman whom Richmond formerly might have dated, according to a police report. Richmond got into an argument with the girl’s parents and allegedly made threats.
Jereme Richmond, former Waukegan High School and University of Illinois basketball star, remained in Lake County Jail on Aug. 10 after being arrested Aug. 8 for several felonies, sources said. Richmond, 19, was one of several young men arrested after police were called to the home of a 17-year-old female whom Richmond may have dated, sources said. Richmond and the victim had been arguing, and at one point, Richmond threatened to shoot her, sources said. Police found a gun in the car the men had driven to the victim’s home.
During a lengthy phone interview with the Tribune this week, Crawford Richmond, who described himself as a “passionate basketball uncle,” made his credentials clear: Played for Tex Winter at Long Beach State, teammate of former Bull Craig Hodges. (Jereme Richmond, his mother, Kimberlee, and father, Bill, did not respond to requests for comment.) “He’s way better than (No. 1 overall selection) Kyrie Irving,” Crawford Richmond said. “He’s right there with (North Carolina’s) Harrison Barnes. I can’t tell the difference. Jereme is soft spoken and he’s different, but that doesn’t make him a bad person.”
Last Thursday, despite being a projected early second round pick, Richmond’s name was not called in the draft. He’s now in basketball purgatory. A gloomy place with few answers or school to fall back on. Because of this, Richmond’s uncle is pretty ticked off about this. Per the Chicago Tribune: Richmond’s name was not called during Thursday’s draft, leaving him a true free agent — no school to go back to, no league to audition for with an expected NBA lockout just days away. “NBA executives have to be a fool not to consider him,” said Richmond’s uncle, Crawford Richmond. “They have to be fools and they are fools, but what they’re going to do is they’re going to get him for cheap. “He’s going to play in the NBA.”
Richmond has yet to hire an agent, and Kim said they were near finalizing one. NBA draft analysts have Richmond going anywhere from the first round to being skipped all together. Richmond wasn’t too concerned about it as of now. “I haven’t asked anything,” Richmond said. “Tim just tells me to stay hungry and stay focused and he’ll do the rest. “[The draft is] right around the corner, but at the same time I can’t take my eye off the prize. Right now in order to get to that goal, I have to work as hard as I can ever day. I’m definitely excited, but the work starts here.”
Illinois freshman forward Jereme Richmond has declared for the NBA draft and will not return to Illinois, the school announced on Tuesday. Richmond is currently working out in Chicago and has various options for an agent, according to the release. “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.”