Perhaps you noticed that Illinois' prize basketball recruit, Waukegan's Jereme Richmond, wasn't named to the ESPN/RISE Boost Mobile Elite 24 roster for the fourth annual event on Aug. 21 in New York City's Rucker Park. It will be televised via tape delay the following day on ESPNU.
The 24-man roster features most of the top-rated players in the nation in the class of 2010, including Harrison Barnes of Ames, Iowa, Ohio State-bound Jared Sullinger, Florida-bound Austin Rivers, North Carolina-bound Kendall Marshall, Texas' Tristan Thompson, Tennessee's Josh Shelby and Memphis' Will Barton.
Why didn't Richmond earn a spot?
Recruiting analyst Van Coleman of Hoopmasters.com, who has been evaluating high school players for 30 years, isn't sure why the blue-ribbon committee of ESPN scouts chose to snub Richmond. But he offered an opinion.
"He still doesn't play hard all the time," Coleman said. "He was more aggressive this summer. But he still floats in and out of games.
"In addition, he needs to improve his ball-handling and outside shot. He might be better in college than in high school. He didn't get a big bounce this year. He needs to give a consistent effort all the time and improve his jump shot, which would make his dribble drive more of a weapon.
"And he needs to get stronger, especially to play in the Big 10. He is 6-7 and weighs about 200 pounds. He needs to be 215-220. Most people rate him among the top 10-15 players in the country, as low as 17-18. But he has a great upside."
Coleman insists Richmond still is a legitimate McDonald's All-American, one of the top 24 players in the nation. He has slipped a bit because other players have improved physically and technically while Richmond hasn't. If he does and shows it during his senior season, Coleman said, he'll climb back up the charts.