D.J. Richardson Makes A Promise To Fans

D.J. Richardson

Guard D.J. Richardson made it public knowledge this week that he would attend Findlay Prep School in Las Vegas, today he spoke with us here at InsideIllini.com for more on his decision. Richardson talks about his future and his feelings about next year. Get inside for this story.



D.J. Richardson is a 6'3" 175 pound combo guard from Peoria, Illinois. He's listed here at Scout.com as a four-star recruit.

Kedric:
D.J., this week you made it official you were going to attend prep school at Findlay Prep School in Henderson, Las Vegas. Are you relieved?

D.J.:
Yes, I am. I think it's a good thing for me in a lot of ways. It's going to help me mature faster, make me more responsible, and help me prepare for college.

Kedric:
D.J., the Illinois fans have experienced a lot of bad luck at times when a situation like this arrives. Can you assure them of your future with Illinois basketball?

D.J.:
I'm going to sign in November; I've told everyone that. I don't want to send the wrong message and have the Illinois fans think I'm not coming. I really want to be an Illini. As a matter of fact, sometime in October or November I will take my official visit.

Kedric:
What will the basketball be like out there for you?

D.J.:
Our team should be pretty good. I think last year they got to the championship game, but lost. This year I want to help them win it all. My goals don't change; it was my goal to win a state championship here and that's the goal I'm taking with me out there.

Kedric:
D.J., you really blew up this summer. Every national recruiting publication raised your rankings. Do you pay attention to those?

D.J.:
Not really. People said I did really well this summer, but I let other people deal with that. I just go out and play my game and try to get better; that's what I'm about. I want to be a team player and help my teammates get better.

Kedric:
Everyone knows you have been a HUGE ambassador with incoming recruits. Being in Las Vegas now, will you still maintain the same relationships with them?

D.J.:
Oh yes, most definitely. I'm going to stay in contact with all of them. I know we were supposed to play Brandon Paul's team this year, but it looks like that's not going to happen. I know he's a little disappointed but he understands. I told him and Bertrand one of them better win the Mr. Basketball award this year. I'll be pulling for them.

Kedric:
D.J., Illinois fans love their basketball. If you could say one thing to all the fans right now about life, school, basketball, college or you personally, what would it be?

D.J.:
To not worry and believe all the negative comments being made about me not coming there. I made my mind up a long time ago about college and I'm not changing it. I'm going to be an Illini and that's it! Also I think it's a lot better to play for my home state school than play in another state.

Kedric:
Thanks kid, good luck to you. Go out there and take care of business; you will do fine.

D.J.:
Thanks. You have always been good to me since my 8th grade year. Call me anytime.

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