D.J. Richardson's stock is soaring through the roof. Not only are schools like Illinois and DePaul in the mix for his services, but this past weekend Georgia Tech and Notre Dame took notice. "I saw a lot of those schools watching me play this past weekend. They were at a lot of my games," said Richardson. According to Richardson, Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber and Assistant Coach Tracy Webster also followed a number of his games.
Richardson is currently playing his AAU basketball for the Illinois Stars. "We had a pretty good showing. We were 4-1, but lost in the championship round of play. I think I did pretty good. I sprained my finger so one game I didn't get to play, but I did okay for myself," added Richardson.
Now is the time for a lot of young players to make names for themselves and give all the schools that are recruiting them an idea of what they can do. "I've had a lot of schools show interest in me. Today I got a letter in the mail from Marquette. I know they're very interested in me, along with Illinois and DePaul. I'm not sure where I want to go to school. I know most of the people at my school and my friends say to me, ‘You're going to Illinois, right?'" said Richardson. No way will he let any information leak out if any school leads.
Richardson is a four-star recruit from Peoria High School. He's listed at 6-3 right here at Scout.com. Richardson has been compared a lot to former Illini guard Luther Head - he's young, athletic, and shoots it well from the perimeter.
Over the weekend this Illinois target will be playing in the Spiece Run N' Slam in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Richardson has been icing his fingers, hoping to get a better feel for the game this time. Stay close by as the InsideIllini.com follow his recruitment.