Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: D.J. Richardson

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: D.J. Richardson

Happy 27th Birthday to Dietrich "D.J." Richardson (above). Recruited to Illinois to play basketball by Bruce Weber, Richardson played his final season in 2012-13 for John Groce.

The Peoria Central star, who performed at Findlay Prep in Nevada as a twelfth-grader, was a model of consistency for the Illini, averaging 10.5 points per game as a freshman, 8.4 points as a sophomore, 11.6 points as a junior and 12.3 points as a senior.

Richardson's top two scoring games came during his final season at Illinois. He had a 30-point outburst at Nebraska, hitting six of his nine three-point attempts and all six of his free throws. Richardson's second-best scoring effort came at home against Indiana when he tallied 23 points.

When he left Illinois, his 278 career three-pointers ranked third all-time behind Cory Bradford (327) and Dee Brown (299). Richardson most recently played in Poland for Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski.

A look at Peoria Central High School standouts that played for the Fighting Illini and for other universities:

Robert Bartholomem, Illinois

Lynch Conway, Bradley

A.J. Guyton, Indiana

Jerrance Howard, Illinois

Curley "Boo" Johnson, Loras College

Shaun Livingston, signed with Duke, then entered NBA Draft

D.J. Richardson, Illinois

Daniel Ruffin, Bradley

Hiles Stout, Illinois

Marcellus Sommerville, Bradley

Tony Wysinger, Illinois

Illini Birthdays:

Today: Dave Kelly, football (60)

Monday: Karol Kahrs, administrator

Tuesday: Dave Stoltz, wrestling (39)

Wednesday: Jerry Ramshaw, football (60)

Thursday: Angela Bizzarri, cross country/track & field

Friday: Jenny & Susanna Kallur, track & field

Saturday: Jim Blondell, football (53)

By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore (Third Edition now available in stores). Get more Illini birthdays, trivia and historical tidbits daily on Twitter@B1GLLL. His website is