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Richmond to join minor-league team

Updated: March 24, 2012 9:08AM

Former Waukegan High School basketball star Jereme Richmond will be joining a minor-league pro basketball team, according to several published reports.

Richmond will play for the Sauk Valley (northwest corner of Illinois) Predators in the Premier Basketball League.

The PBL is in the middle of its three-month season. The league started in 2008 and has had the same kinds of ups and downs that were faced by the North American Baseball League (think Zion-based Lake County Fielders).

This year, the PBL started with 11 teams, but two have already folded and the season is not at the halfway point.

Sauk Valley plays home games in various locations in that part of the state.

The main reason players join the PBL is that it can lead to signing contracts to play ball on the other side of the ocean.

According to a report from, Richmond will commute between his home in Waukegan for games and practices. It’s about a three-hour drive from Waukegan to home-game locations — one way. His first game is to be Saturday.

After leading Waukegan to a pair of Final Four appearances in the state tourney, Richmond played one year at Illinois before leaving school.

Since then, he’s made all his news in court. Now, he may be ready to make some news on the court.

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