2010 Forward Picks Illinois

Bruce Weber saw him, liked him and offered a scholarship. The result was Illinois securing a commitment from a 6-foot-6 forward from the Class of 2010.

Scholarship offers to freshmen are very rare and they should be. That's why its news when a member of the Class of 2010 pulls the trigger. Earlier this week, Illinois head coach Bruce Weber enabled Jereme Richmond, a 6-foot-6 small forward out of Winnetka (Ill.) North Shore Country Day, to live the dream.

Within a few days of playing his first varsity basketball game, Richmond had been tabbed as a future Illinois player. Weber saw him again this week, offered and the next thing you know he's property of the Illini.

"With the first visit just to go down there and visit the facility and meet the players, we just felt comfortable and liked it a lot," Bill Richmond, Jereme's father said. "The second visit was an invitation to Midnight Madness. He liked the atmosphere and felt comfortable."

Richmond is pretty comfortable on the floor as well. In his first game, a 17-point victory, Richmond posted 34 points, 21 rebounds and 7 blocks. "It was a lot of jitters," Richmond said. "As the game went on I was fine."

So, after flirting with the opening night triple-double it was onto the business of picking a college. The offer was there from the Illini and he didn't waste any time accepting as Richmond fulfilled a lifelong dream. He took his crush on Illinois to the next level and committed.

"I just felt comfortable. Tracy Webster has been on me (a long time) and we formed a bond. I just felt comfortable."

Richmond's father said the Illini were comfortable enough with his son's game to make the overture even though he's played just one varsity contest. "I don't know how long they've known about him but I can say they've probably seen him play a couple of times. They've seen him play on the AAU circuit, he's been to the Nationals. He's been around."

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