* Aggressive scorer
* Good rebounder
* Long wingspan
* Explosive leaper
* 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
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.
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.
7.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 tpg, 1.1 spg, 22.1 mpg, .528 FG, .167 3PT, .605 FT
Richmond shot .604 from the field in Big Ten games only, which ranked third in the league.
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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.
|Three-point field goals: 2-for-12 (.167)|