Jereme Richmond announced today he was leaving Illinois and declaring for the NBA draft. By stating he would consider his options before hiring an agent, it gives him the choice of returning to another school if none is hired.
Richmond gave the Illini a boost on the court, but considerable angst off it. It must be stated, during a period of very weak recruiting by Bruce Weber, Richmond’s early commitment gave the Illini a strong playing card to draw others to Champaign. However, in the end it was trips back home and quarrels in the locker room that will be remembered most.
Let’s think about Jereme Richmond’s shown skill compared to other fine Illini ballplayers. Each had/are having minimal NBA careers, if any at all.
What has Richmond shown in comparison to these names: Kenny Battle, Steven Bardo, Frank Williams, Sergio McClain, George Montgomery, Kiwane Garris, Cory Bradford, Efrem Winters, Deon Thomas, Dee Brown, James Augustine…etc
The best I can think of, trying to be generous, is Nick Anderson. Nick played first as a sophomore, with a minimal mid-range game. By the end of his junior year, he became the 11th pick in the draft. Richmond has been hyped in similar ways to Nick. However, Nick always could beat his man off the dribble, and dominate at the rim.
I sincerely hope Jereme doesn’t sign with an agent, because he is so undeveloped he would never touch an NBA roster right now.