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Jereme Richmond leaving Illinois

Updated: April 5, 2011, 5:53 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Illinois freshman forward Jereme Richmond has declared for the NBA draft and will not return to Illinois, the school announced on Tuesday.

Richmond is currently working out in Chicago and has various options for an agent, according to the release.

"I enjoyed my time at the University of Illinois and would like to thank the coaching staff and my teammates for everything they've done for me," Richmond said in a statement. "At this time, I'm ready to follow my dreams and achieve ...

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