Richmond gets travel OK for pro tryout
By Beth Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org November 30, 2012 7:32PM
Updated: January 30, 2013 1:15AM
A Lake County judge agreed to allow former Waukegan High basketball star Jereme Richmond to break his 24-hour curfew next weekend so he can travel out of state to participate in a professional basketball exposure camp.
Richmond, 20, was before Circuit Judge John Phillips on Friday when his attorney, Lawrence Wade, asked the judge if his client could travel to Philadelphia from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10 to try out for “several” talent scouts.
Richmond, of Waukegan, needed judicial permission to travel out of state because he is currently on 24-hour curfew. He pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon in January for an incident last August in which he beat his ex-girlfriend and then brought a loaded weapon to her Waukegan residence the next day.
Richmond was sentenced to 18 months probation. He was brought back into court and placed on 24-hour curfew in October after he tested positive for marijuana and failed to comply with some of his probation terms.
“Mr. Richmond was recruited by certain (basketball) professionals,” Wade said. “He is going for tryouts with several athletic teams.”
Wade was not able to provide the names of the professional basketball scouts who will be in Philadelphia next week.
The lawyer assured the judge that his client would check in with his probation officer before and after he left. Richmond was also able to reschedule a treatment session to accommodate his travel plans, Wade said.
Richmond is undergoing domestic violence treatment. He previously failed to show up for the treatment.
Assistant State’s Attorney James Newman told Phillips there had not been any probation violations since the Oct. 5 failed drug test and treatment issue.
Wade also asked Phillips to allow Richmond to leave his residence to work out a gym to train for his tryout next week. Phillips agreed to allow Richmond to leave his residence for three hours a day to go a gym.
Phillips cautioned Richmond not to violate any of his probation conditions.
Richmond helped lead the Waukegan Bulldogs to two state Final Four appearances. He played basketball at University of Illinois. He declared for the NBA draft, but was not picked up.