Prep superstar who left after one year at Illinois was arrested in Waukgan on battery and gun charges.
The decisions made by former Illinois forward Jereme Richmond keep getting worse. Richmond, a prep superstar who was twice suspended during his one year with the Illini, was arrested on felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated battery by Waukegan police Monday afternoon. Richmond was jailed on a $100,000 bond with a prison sentence possible. Richmond left the Illinois basketball program following the season to prepare for professional basketball. He wasn't drafted, and Richmond now faces appearances in felony court rather than on the basketball court. According to Lake County assistant state's attorney Stephen Scheller, Richmond became involved in an argument with a former gilrfriend on Sunday in a car parked in Waukegan. After first pushing her back into the car, Richmond then pulled her out by her hair, threw her to the ground and spit in her face, Scheller said. Scheller said the following day Richmond went to the home of the girl's parents, where Richmond confronted the father in front of the house and threatened to shoot and kill him. Richmond also spit on the father and hit him in the chest, Scheller said. The father was able to call 911, Scheller said, and noticed a friend of Richmond's exit the car with what appeared to be a gun tucked in his pants. Richmond had the gun before getting into the car, Scheller said, and Waukegan police stopped the car before it left the scene. A .40 caliber semi-automatic weapon was found in the car, Scheller said. Besides the felony charges, Richmond also faces misdemeanor charges of battery and domestic battery, Scheller said. Richmond faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted in both cases but would also be eligible for probation. "I am saddened to learn about the incident involving Jereme,'' Illinois coach Bruce Weber said in a statement released by the athletic department. "Our thoughts are with all the young people involved and their families as they work through this situation.'' It's the latest in a string of disappointments for Richmond, a McDonald's All-America who was named Mr. Basketball in Illinois during his senior season at Waukegan High School. But he failed to live up to expectations, averaging 7.6 points per game while becoming an issue inside the locker room. He was suspended for a road game against Wisconsin in January when he disappeared and left for home. The program said it was for "personal reasons.'' He later sat for both NCAA games in Tulsa in March after being involved in an altercation with a teammate in the locker room following the Big Ten Tournament loss to Michigan. TISDALE'S DEAL OFFICIAL: Former Illini center Mike Tisdale already has some connections in Germany, where he will play for s. Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg in the Bundesliga, considered that nation's top league. Tisdale will play for John Patrick, who coached former Illini guard Chester Frazier at BG Goettingen. Tisdale had workouts with the Suns, Bulls and Nets before opting on a contract overseas. "There aren't many (7-footers) that have such a good shot from the distance,'' Patrick told eurobasket.com. Tisdale, of Riverton, and his family didn't return messages seeking comment.