Richie Williams is a 26 year old 178cm guard that is playing his second season with SC Rasta Vechta. He is a very fast guard that can play either one or two. Great at pushing the break. Can score by shooting the three or using his explosiveness to beat his man. Gets to the basket and scores in traffic. A specialist in steals that uses his quickness to intimidate on defense. Great ball control. Gets the whole team involved when playing the point but can takeover a game at any time. He started his basketball career at San Diego St. (NCAA) in 2005 where he played until 2009. In his senior year he played 36 games: 7.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3Pts: 37.5%, FT: 64.2%. In 2009-2010, he started his professional basketball career for The San Diego Surf (ABA), in Jan.’10 moved to FSU Selfoss (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 8 games: 27.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.4apg, 2.8spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 72.7%. In 2011-2012, he played for UBC Hannover Tigers (Germany-ProB, starting five): 33 games: 18.3ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-4(5.7apg), Steals-2(3.2spg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.8%. Last season for SC Rasta Vechta he played SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA): 38 games: 15.6ppg, 5.2rpg, Assists-1(6.7apg), Steals-1(2.5spg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 79.9%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Brose Baskets Bamberg.
SC Rasta Vechta celebrated a hard fought 71-62 win in Tuebingen that was the second win of the season and second on the road. How important is it to have won some raod games early in the season?
Road games are huge because you expect teams to take care of home court and what separates the bad, good and great teams come down to who wins on the road. Road wins are good for the team moral and confidence.
How mindboggling is the fact that the team is 0-4 at home? That is very difficult to believe even though the heart breaking losses to Artland and Hagen by a combined three points hurt. Will those home wins start coming?
The plan is to get our first home win this weekend against Bamberg. It will be a very tough task but its one that can be done. The close losses to Artland and Hagen were tough to swallow but we learned valuable lessons that will carry us through the season.
The club is 2-4 at the moment. How happy have you been with the team play so far in the first six games? In what areas can the team still improve on?
Im proud of the 2 games we won but every game we lost we were in a position to win. Improving on executing in clutch situations is something that will help us tremendously. We’ve been in every game but have had untimely lapses at the end of some of our losses.
You have had a great start averaging 13,3ppg, 7,0apg and 6,0rpg. There are former NBA players in the Beko BBl that aren´t averaging those stats. Are you surprised how well you have made the transition for Pro A to Beko BBL?
Im not surprised at all. Its been a long time coming for me to get to this point. This is my opportunity to show what Im made of. Hard work, faith and patience have been good to me.
Could one say that your play is a great example that there are so many very good players in lower leagues in the world that are just waiting for their chance to prove themselves in top leagues?
I believe so. Im not the first to start from the bottom and I wont be the last. There have been guys before me that made this opportunity possible. Without those guys no one would look for talent in the lower leagues.
How proud are you to have Dirk Madrich as a teammate. He was already a big part of the success last season with Vechta and this is his fifth team in Germany and he never was able to breakthrough until this year as he is leading the team in scoring and three point percentage at age 30. What do you believe has been his secret?
Dirk has been unbelieveable. Given his age you would think a guy like him has peaked but he hasnt. He’s always been a great shooter but now he is establishing himself in the paint and playing really tough.
Despite the 2-4 record, it seems like head coach Pat Elze has done a good job finding the roles early for his players. How important is Elzie for the team and for further success
Coach Elzie has done a great job of putting a team together where everyones abilities complements the next man. What I like most about Coach Elzie is his ability to let us be a baskebtall player and play through mistakes. Its helps guys play a little loosely and not afraid to make mistakes.
How important have Marcus Neal and Dylan Talley been for team? These guys are also adjusting well to the grin of the Beko BBL.
Marcus and Dylan have been huge for us. Marcus is a scrappy guy and goes hard every possession. The type of energy we need and Dylan is a great shooter. Dylan made big shots in our first win in Trier. He makes timely shots for us.
The next game is against the Brose Baskets Bamberg. Is this the biggest game of your professional career so far in terms of the type of players that you will be playing against?
This weekend against Bamberg is the biggest game of my professional career. Big time program with a long history of winning, defending champs and a Euroleague team. I been watching these guys since my Pro B days in Hannover waiting for this opportunity.
How excited are you to be playing against Zach Wright? He had a similar career like you in that he started in the German Pro B and made it to the big time playing for top teams in Europe. You haven´t made that step yet, but you are playing in a top league in Germany. Does a guy like that motivate you to keep working to make the next step?
Its definitely motivating and encouraging. Shows me and other guys it can be done if you put in the work to make it happen. He’s a very good player and im looking forward to competing against him.
I am sure you watched some Stanford games in the last 90s of Casey Jacobsen and when he played in the NBA. If you could ask him one thing what would you ask him?
What was your NBA experience like?
Bamberg plays Euroleague 48 hours earlier. Will Bamberg get one of the nastiest track meet games? I am sure playing aggressive and unpredictable could ruffle their feathers a bit?
I dont want to give away the game plan but yea, we plan on shaking them up a bit.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Richie for the chat.