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This is a piece I wrote for Millennial Influx on the career and post-career of former Illinois basketball star Jereme Richmond. As a Chicago-area high school athlete myself, I was very aware of Richmond’s rise and fall, and I found his post-Illini career to be fascinating.

Here is a little snippet:

Much of the stock that Richmond was counting on was based on his high school résumé . As a Chicago-area athlete, he had a high profile from day one. He was a McDonald’s All-American. His Waukegan high school team made it to the Illinois state championship his junior year. They finished third his senior year, a season in which he was named Illinois Mr. Basketball, as well. His high school days were also marked with no small amount of issues. During his sophomore year, he was kicked off the team for constant altercations with players and coaches. He returned later that season, but the remainder of his prep career was characterized by controversy.

You can read the rest of the article at this link: