By Michael O'Brien

Jereme Richmond speaks out on his transfer and commitment

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Scott Powers of Ill. Hoops.com talked with Richmond today....

Jereme Richmond, the jewel of Illinois’ 2010 recruiting class, has transferred from North Shore to Waukegan.

“It’s because of the commute and just because I didn’t fit in from a social standpoint,” Richmond said.

The 6-6 sophomore committed to Illinois after his first high school game.

“There are definitely times where I think what could have been and what other schools could have been recruiting me,” Richmond said. “Being humans, you never know what the future can hold. As of now, I’m confident with it and positive with my decision.”

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Looking at the "talent" that Bruce Weber is compiling at Illinois, Richmond would be foolish not to look somewhere else if he cares about winning.

GO HOOSIERS!

It's starting to become apparent that Bruce Weber isn't the man for the job. Self left him with a stacked roster and he hasn't been able to keep the cupboard full. I do think Self is a cheater, and Bruce wouldn't stoop to that level, but still, we need someone that can keep that state's talent home.

Ryan, he cares about going pro after 1 year....

Weber's the man at coaching....

Weber will do an incredible job with the receruits he has and given even a few players the level of Richmond he will be a final four contender. The "stacked" team he had only had one top 50 player. Weber made those guys into NBA talent.

Is there any chance that Iman Shumpert will be a junior at Illinois when Jereme Richmond is a freshman at Illinois?

I read on the InterNet that Shumpter had eliminated Illinois from his list of schools but now I can't find the article.

The roster was stacked, whether the rankings indicated it was or not. It would still be stacked if Self was still at Illinois. Would have had Collins, Wright, etc.

That said, is this poster saying Self is a cheater at Kansas, but wasn't at Illinois, or both? Self doesn't cheat. I'm tired of the paranoia that my bretheren have. There is always a conspiracy.

Self recruits and Weber coaches. The idea that Bill is as good a good as Bruce is ridiculous. Had he had the 2005 team there would have been no Final 4. He has had more talent at Kansas than any team [except 89] has ever had at Illinois at what does he have to show for it. An Elite 8, 2 super chokes, and conference titles that involve beating the likes of Colorado, Nebraska, and Iowa State twice a year. WOW! Even if he recruited stars to Illinois he never would have won anything. The fact of the matter is that Weber isn't a great recruiter and Chicago kids are some of the dumbest in the country, with no loyalty and no idea of what will get them to the NBA.

Good Point BJA!!!! I THINK IT IS A SHAME THAT CHICAGO KIDS ARE GOING OUT OF OF THE HOME STATE. HOWEVER, IF WEBER JUST DECIDES TO RECRUIT JUST OUT OF STATE OR DOWNSTATE KIDS, THAN THE PUBLIC, PRIVATE, SUBURBAN AND CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEAGUES WOULD BE UP IN ARMS.

Whoever the person is that posts comments under the name Ball has written the perfect comment. He couldn't be more direct and fair while being rude but right. Thanks Ball, you summed it up perfectly. I'd rather watch an above average group of players play better in Weber's system than a bunch of super talented players play decent for Self's system.

Illini fans are ridiculous. Loyalty? How many CPS students are at U of I? You constantly harp on loyalty like the CPS is the Developmental league for U of I. Have you ever thought that maybe the best thing for these kids that come from rough neighborhoods w/ people that want to use them around every corner, would be to get a little distance between them and their hometown? Or in the case of the real good players - Derrick Rose, for instance - go to a system where they'll be able to sharpen their skills and be NBA ready a little faster. And will someone please explain why Bill Self is a "cheater." Like always, it just sounds like 'sour grapes' from the state's whiniest fan base.

ayrtaishya
Two over looked players-- Ayrryous Ford 6'5 and Zaiver Shields 6'6 for Auburn High School in Rockford Illinois. ------ Ayrryous Ford (6'5' Sr. - Auburn High School --Rockford, Illinois - 815/966/3300) is clearly under the radar!!! He will be playing against David Brown (Hononegah- January 24, 2009) and Jereme Richmond (Waukegan -1/17/09).

ayrtaishya
It is Ayrryous ability to defend any star play on the court -- he can easily become a 20+ point player (a game) if the ball is passed to him. Ayrryous was the star in the big regional game against Guilford in 2006-2007, and clearly the star against Boylan in the regional game in 2007-2008 with defense and when he got the ball. He is the #1 big man in Rockford Illinois NIC 10 without a doubt!!!!!

ayrtaishya
Zaiver Shields and Ayrryous Ford have played on inter-city league teams and AAU teams (with great success), but I feel that they have not been fully coached and they have not utilized their true athletic abilities yet.

Don't Sleep on *Taivious Ford* - 6'6" - 213 pounds - very good defensive player - can handle the ball - can shoot - 3.6 gpa - want to find cure for pancreatitis and to be the owner of his own business - sophmore - AAU player - plays with Fred Van Vleet (9), Marcus Foote(9), Anthony Strictland(10), and Rashaud Ferguson 6'5"(10) - Team record 24-0 and still playing - a *NIC 10* record - Auburn High School in Rockford Illinois.

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