Ex-Illini Jereme Richmond charged

Updated: August 9, 2011, 10:20 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Former Illinois basketball player Jereme Richmond has been charged with three felonies, including aggravated battery, stemming from a confrontation with a woman, according to Waukegan police commander Gabe Guzman.

The felony charges are aggravated battery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault. He also was charged with domestic battery, battery and two counts of disorderly conduct.

According to Guzman, Richmond, 19, was involved in a confrontation with a resident on the 3000 block of Golfmoor in Waukegan on Monday. When a Waukegan police car arrived on the scene, Richmond was in the resident's yard.

According to the police report, Richmond made a statement to the resident, "You looking for me? I'm here now. I'll shoot your [expletive]."

Three of Richmond's friends were found in a car outside the resident's home. A loaded .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun was discovered in the car, and all three passengers were taken into custody. Two of the men were arrested for disorderly conduct, and a third was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm.

Richmond and the 17-year-old woman had a dating relationship, the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) reportedm citing Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Scheller.

Richmond's bond was set at $100,000.

Speaking for the family, William Richmond, Jereme's older brother, declined comment.

Richmond, who left Illinois after one season to enter the NBA draft, was once seen as a potential lottery-worthy talent, but he went undrafted in June.

"I am saddened to learn about the incident involving Jereme," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with all the young people involved and their families as they work through this situation."

Richmond was ESPNChicago's boys basketball player of the year in 2010 and was a McDonald's All-American at Waukegan High School. He was a major recruit for Illinois and had been committed to the program since his freshman year in high school.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.