Richmond wants to travel for pro tryout
By Beth Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org November 14, 2012 6:46PM
Updated: December 19, 2012 11:04AM
Former Waukegan High School basketball star Jereme Richmond will need permission from a Lake County judge to travel out of state to pursue a career with a professional basketball team.
He has a hearing date scheduled for Nov. 30 before Circuit Judge John Phillips on the travel request.
Richmond, 20, was in court Tuesday to see if he has been in compliance with his probation restrictions. He took a plea deal earlier this year that gave him 18 months of probation for two offenses in August 2011 involving threatening his ex-girlfriend.
Richmond was put in jail the last weekend in October after he tested positive for marijuana and failed to show up for a treatment program. He was released from jail on his signature and placed on a 24-hour curfew Oct. 29.
Phillips told Richmond that he was not to leave his residence except to attend substance abuse and domestic violence treatment programs.
Richmond has been going to his classes and has been in compliance since late October, attorneys and his probation officer said.
Lawrence Wade, Richmond’s attorney, asked to set the hearing date later this month to address whether or not Richmond can travel out of state to tryout for a professional basketball team. Which professional team was not immediately disclosed.
“He’s had some hiccups in the past. We want to make sure he’s in compliance,” Wade said.
Richmond was charged with aggravated battery for beating his ex-girlfriend at her Waukegan residence. The unlawful use of a weapon charge for bringing a loaded gun to her house the day after she was beaten was dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.
Richmond was named Mr. Basketball of Illinois and is a former University of Illinois basketball player. As a Waukegan High School student, Richmond led the Bulldogs to two state- tournament appearances.
Richmond remains free from Lake County Jail and on a 24-hour curfew.