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Prospect Profile

Jereme Richmond

  • Full Name: Jereme Richmond
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 205
  • Birthdate: March 3, 1992
  • College: Illinois

Strengths:

  * Aggressive scorer
  * Good rebounder
  * Competes
  * Long wingspan
  * Explosive leaper

Weaknesses:

  * Still young and needs to mature (four technical fouls, three-game suspension in only season at Illinois)
  * Jump shot needs to become more consistent so opponents don’t lay off him and take away the drive
  * Can defend better than he did in college
  * Needs to shoot better at the free throw line
 

NBA projection:
Richmond is being projected as a late first round or early second-round pick and as such won't be an immediate impact player in the NBA. If he works hard to improve his deficiencies, he's got a chance to become a consistent contributor because of his physical gifts. He's got the frame and athleticism to be a lockdown defender, and he can get to the rim in a hurry.

2010-11 Season:
Richmond showed flashes of his potential (including an 18 point, 10-rebound game against Ohio State), but he was also suspended for three games and then abruptly departed Illinois to take a chance in the NBA draft. This after committing to the program as a high school freshman. In sum, it was a disappointment for Illinois, but Richmond, who made the Big Ten All-Freshman team, has told the media he gained enough experience and life skills to be able to make a jump to the NBA.

Key statistics:
7.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 tpg, 1.1 spg, 22.1 mpg, .528 FG, .167 3PT, .605 FT

Cool statistic:
Richmond shot .604 from the field in Big Ten games only, which ranked third in the league.

Reminds me of:
Devin Ebanks

What Insiders Say:
Illinois coach Bruce Weber
"Jereme is an extremely talented player who helped us at nearly every position. His versatility and ability to impact the game in a number of different areas are skills that will help him greatly as he pursues his dream of playing professional basketball."

What Outsiders Say:
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo
"He's kind of a mismatch. He can post up, he's athletic, he can guard different positions. He's not a great shooter, but he gives them versatility, and that's what I think is very critical. He's got a little toughness to him."

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

Illinois
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2010-11 31 22.1 104 197 .528 26 43 .605 5.0 1.8 0.4 0.4 236 7.6
Three-point field goals: 2-for-12 (.167)

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