Name: D.J. Richardson
Position: Shooting Guard
Latest Stats: 12.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 spg
D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul have formed a solid back court combination for the Illinois Fighting Illini over the past four seasons, but now their time has come to a close. While Paul has the potential to hear his name called within the mid-to-late portion of the second, Richardson’s draft stock isn’t all that comparable. At 6-foot-3, Richardson molded himself into a solid collegiate guard and a consistent scorer, averaging a career-high 12.3 points per game this past season.
Richardson is primarily a three point shooter and he lacks the athleticism to really take his game to the next level. Richardson could get a shot on a summer league roster, but his best professional option may be a career overseas. Don’t expect to hear the name D.J. Richardson on draft night.
Strengths: Richardson’s biggest strength is his ability to shoot the basketball from the outside. He can produce because of his ability to knock down the three ball and he has proven to be a consistent scorer, averaging double-figures offensively in three of his four seasons at Illinois.
Weaknesses: Richardson does not have the greatest of size and his offensive game is primarily limited to outside shooting. With that being said, he needs to become more efficient — he shot only 32.2% from beyond the arc this past season despite over seven attempts per game. Richardson’s size and lack of overall athleticism for the NBA ranks could make him a liability on the defensive end.
Draft Projection: Undrafted
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