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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Illinois G/F Jereme Richmond

WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics [1] to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).

Jereme Richmond

Position: Guard/forward

School: Illinois

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 205 pounds

Stats: 7.6 ppg, 5 rpg, 1.8 rpg

What he brings: In just one year of college, Richmond showed the kind of athleticism and raw talent that could lead to success in the NBA. He also showed some maturity issues that likely will scare some teams away. Richmond has a scorer’€™s mentality, 10 times putting up double-digit points his freshman year. He’€™s 6-foot-7 with long arms, which will help him both shoot over defenses and deflect passes. And he’€™s strong under the basket, 14 times grabbing multiple offensive rebounds in a game.

Where the Celtics could get him: First or second round

What they’€™re saying: ‘€œJereme is an extremely talented player who helped us at nearly every position. His versatility and ability to impact the game in a number of different areas are skills that will help him greatly as he pursues his dream of playing professional basketball.’€ ‘€” Illinois coach Bruce Weber

Notes: Richmond missed Illinois’ two NCAA [2] tournament games in March due to an athletic code violation. Last June he was a member of the USA Basketball U-18 national team that won a gold medal at the 2010 FIBA Americas Championship.