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Richardson Quietly Leading Illinois' Resurgence
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- D.J. Richardson joined a stacked lineup at Nevada's Findlay Prep for his senior year of high school.

To win a place on the court he had to rely on his defense.

In his almost four full seasons at Illinois, Richardson has been a streaky offensive player.

But that defense has kept him on the court through sometimes wild ups and downs. His team has been to the NCAA tournament but it has also seen coach Bruce Weber fired for a collapse.

This season, the Illini (20-9, 7-8 Big Ten) are close to an NCAA tournament bid. And coach John Groce says Richardson is a big reason why.

Richardson led a comeback win over No. 1 Indiana. And the senior's leadership helped keep the team afloat during a slump.
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