D.J. Richardson is a 6-3, 175 pound sophomore that's starting to blossom into his own. Richardson started his freshman campaign playing varsity basketball for Peoria Central High School. Richardson is now playing AAU basketball for the Illinois Stars after leaving a local Peoria AAU team.
"I like my AAU coach Troy Johnson; he's done a great job letting me play my game. Also, since I've started to play for the Illinois Stars and work on my game, my stock has risen a bit," said Richardson. Looking at the class of 2009 in the State of Illinois, Richardson could very well be the best. Just recently he was named to an all-tournament team playing with upperclassman at the P.E.P. Fall Classic at Riverside-Brookfield High School in Illinois.
D.J. Richardson, Sr. knows that if his son is going to make it, he will need to continue to work very hard and get stronger and that's what his son has been doing. "I've been working on my strength and my game all the time. I'm always outside trying to get better," he stated.
Richardson said he's a two guard right now and that's what he hopes to play in college. Earlier this summer you could tell Richardson had all the tools to become a good college player. Now that he's coming into his own, they are taking notice.
"Last weekend I took an unofficial visit to DePaul. It was okay. The schools that have come see me play or have sent me things are Florida, Bradley, Baylor, Illinois and Stanford. Bradley and Baylor have offered me already. I really don't have a top two or three right now – it's still early for me," Richardson said.
This past summer Richardson averaged 17 ppg game and 5 rebounds for the Illinois Stars. His game is very smooth. He's athletic and if he continues to work on his game, Richardson's list of schools just might grow.
"I know each time out, I have to work and play hard because I know some people are now coming to see me play," according to Richardson.
For the rest of his AAU career Richardson plans to finish with the Illinois Stars; he's found a home. Illiniboard.com will continue to keep an eye on this up-and-coming young man.