Richmond snaps Illinois' drought

Waukegan senior Jereme Richmond, an Illinois recruit, was named to the McDonald's All-American team on Thursday.

Richmond is Illinois' first McDonald's All-American since Proviso East's Dee Brown played in it in 2002.

"That's great for Jereme," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. "I know that's a focus. For me as a coach, it doesnt make or break you. You got to earn it on the court. I know for a kid its a great honor. Its good for our program."

Last year, the state of Illinois was shut out from the game for the first time in the decade. Recently, Oak Park's Iman Shumpert (Georgia Tech) and Farragut's Michael Dunigan (Oregon) were selected in 2008; Simeon's Derrick Rose (Memphis and the Chicago Bulls) was picked in 2007 and Crane's Sherron Collins (Kansas) and Glenbrook North's Jon Scheyer (Duke) were chosen in 2006.

This year's game will be in Columbus, Ohio on March 31.

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