Dietrich James "D. J." Richardson (born February 11, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for Aix Maurienne Savoie Basket of the LNB Pro B. He attended Peoria Central for his first three years of high school and transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada for his senior year.[1] He played collegiately at the University of Illinois.

D. J. Richardson
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Richardson playing for Illinois in January, 2012.
No. 11 – Aix Maurienne Savoie Basket
PositionShooting guard
LeagueLNB Pro B
Personal information
Born (1991-02-11) February 11, 1991 (age 28)
Peoria, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeIllinois (2009–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Undrafted
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2013Güssing Knights
2014–2015Korikobrat
2015–2016Kouvot
2016–2017Spirou Charleroi
2017s.Oliver Würzburg
2017–2018Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski
2018Aries Trikala
2018–presentAix Maurienne Savoie
Career highlights and awards

High schoolEdit

As a junior at Peoria Central Richardson was selected to first-team All-State by the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and second-team All-State by the AP and Chicago Sun-Times.[1] In his senior year at Findlay College Prep, Richardson, along with Texas recruit Avery Bradley, led the Findlay College Prep Pilots to a high school national championship after beating Oak Hill 74-66 and finishing their season 33-0.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
D.J. Richardson
SG
Peoria, IL Findlay College Prep 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oct 11, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 93
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #12 (SG)   Rivals: #38 (overall)  ESPN: #46 (overall)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Illinois Commit List for 2009". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  • "Men's Basketball Recruiting". Scout.com. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  • "ESPN - Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball Recruiting 2009". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  • "2009 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2009-04-15.

College careerEdit

Richardson joined fellow 2009 recruits, including Brandon Paul, on the University of Illinois 2009–10 men's basketball team coached by Bruce Weber. Andy Katz of ESPN called Richardson and Paul "the best freshman backcourt not at Kentucky John Wall and Eric Bledsoe".[3] Richardson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the coaches and was unanimously selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.[4] Richardson finished his career ranked 13th on Illini all-time scoring list (1,477 points, third in made 3-pointers (278), and tied for third in games played (138). After his senior season, Richardson was selected to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.[5]

College StatisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Illinois 36 35 30.9 .399 .390 .775 2.7 2.1 0.7 0.2 10.5
2010–11 Illinois 34 30 26.8 .415 .385 .758 1.8 1.9 0.7 0.2 8.4
2011–12 Illinois 32 31 34.7 .387 .348 .774 3.0 1.7 0.8 0.2 11.6
2012–13 Illinois 36 36 33.8 .363 .322 .815 3.9 1.6 1.3 0.2 14.5
Career 138 132 31.5 .388 .355 .787 2.8 1.8 0.9 0.2 13.6

Professional careerEdit

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, Richardson worked out for the Utah Jazz in mid-September 2013.[6] On October 24, 2013, Richardson signed to play professionally in Austria for the UBC Güssing Knights.[7] In January 2014 Richardson signed to play for Toros de Aragua of the Venezuelan Professional Basketball League, however he suffered an ankle injury that forced the team to cut him before playing a game.[8]

On July 31, 2014 Richardson signed with Korikobrat which competes as a member of the Korisliiga in Finland.[9] After that season, he signed with Kouvot from the same Korisliiga for the 2015–16 season. He eventually won the Finnish championship with Kouvot.

On February 26, 2018, Richardson joined Aries Trikala of the Greek Basket League.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Player Bio: D.J. Richardson". fightingillini.com. Archived from the original on 22 March 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  2. ^ Zillgitt, Jeff (2009-04-05). "No. 1 Findlay Prep wins national title 74-66 vs. No. 2 Oak Hill". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  3. ^ Katz, Andy (2009-11-16). "24 things for the 24-hour marathon". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  4. ^ "Big Ten Announces All-Big Ten Teams and Individual Honorees". Big Ten Conference. 2010-03-08. Archived from the original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  5. ^ Forza, Apollo (2013-04-09). "D.J. Richardson To Play In Portsmouth Invitational". Vox Media. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  6. ^ "Richardson earns workout with NBA's Jazz". WCIA. 2013-09-16. Archived from the original on 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  7. ^ "D.J. Richardson goes pro with Gussing". Court-Side Newspaper. 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  8. ^ Hammond, Sean (2014-02-24). "Former Illini D.J. Richardson giving Groce a helping hand". Daily Illini. Archived from the original on 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  9. ^ "Lapuan Korikobrat sign D.J. Richardson". Sportnado. 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  10. ^ "Trikala lands DJ Richardson". Sportnado. 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2018-03-31.

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