Frosh Jereme Richmond Should Crack Starting Five for the Illini


University of Illinois freshman Jereme Richmond (Waukegan, Ill.) has already accomplished something before he even begins his Illini career. Richmond made the USA Basketball U18 National Team, and played in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Richmond became the first Illini on the U.S. U18 National Team since Deron Williams and Dee Brown in 2002. The frosh averaged 21 points and 11.4 rebounds during his senior year at Waukegan High School, earning Illinois Mr. Basketball honors and participating in the McDonald’s All-America Game.

He should find his way into the starting unit, perhaps at the three position, on an Illini team ranked #16 in the preseason USA Today/Coaches poll. Surely, he’ll at least handle some of the ball-handling duties when Illini senior point guard, and Wooden Award Candidate Demetri McCamey is off the floor.

By Paul M. Banks

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