Dietrich James "D. J." Richardson (born February 11, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for Spirou Charleroi. He attended Peoria Central for his first three years of high school and transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada for his senior year. He played collegiately at the University of Illinois.
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. 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. He was also chosen to play in the annual Senior Showcase game in Orlando.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|D.J. Richardson |
|Peoria, IL||Findlay College Prep||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||Oct 11, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 93|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #12 (SG) Rivals: #38 (overall) ESPN: #46 (overall)|
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". Richardson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the coaches and was unanimously selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. 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.
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|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|
After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, Richardson worked out for the Utah Jazz in mid-September 2013. On October 24, 2013, Richardson signed to play professionally in Austria for the UBC Güssing Knights. 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. On July 31, 2014 Richardson signed with Korikobrat which competes as a member of the Korisliiga in Finland. After that season, he signed with Kouvot from the same Korisliiga for the 2015–16 season. He eventually won the Finnish championship with Kouvot.