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 FC Bayern Munich.
Thanks Richie for talking to German Hoops again. A tough 92-84 loss against ratiopharm Ulm last weekend. This was a game where SC Rasta Vechta was in. What was key at the end for them getting the win?
We did a great job for 3 quarters with controlling their movement on offense but down the stretch they really killed us with their ball movement and pick and rolls.
You had a spectacular game with 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Have you been a guy your whole career that has been able to fill up the stat sheet or did it come more over time?
I’ve always been able to fill up the stat sheet. I take pride in being an all around player and making plays to win.
Do you think that you will get a triple double this season in the Beko BBL?
I believe I will get a triple double but right now I’m focused on winning games and getting things rolling. If I get a triple double in the process then ill take it.
You won the point guard duel against German national player Per Guenther. Do you take extra time in preparation scouting the next opponents point guard? If yes on what things do you keep an eye out most for?
I prepared for Per the same way I prepare for anyone else. Extra film and looking for tendencies. Per is a very good and crafty player so I couldn’t just take away any one thing and think I could stop him. I just wanted to keep him under pressure and make him work for everything.
Despite the 3-9 record, I feel that SC Rasta Vechta is a lot better team than its record shows. Is this a fact that keeps the team focused, because you know that sooner or later you can get the tight wins?
We’re definitely better than our record shows. Our games prove it. We need to translate these close losses into wins. Knowing that we’re in every game is a positive thing but its frustrating to keep losing these close battles.
Could Brandon Bowmann be that missing link that the team needs to get more wins this season? What has been your impression of him?
I like him a lot. He’s versatile on both ends of the floor and he creates match up problems with his height and athleticism. Once he gets in the flow of our offense i believe he will be a nightmare for teams
The next game is against FC Bayern Munich that have plowed their way through the Beko BBL so far. How excited are you to be playing against the most famous gGerman team?
It will be a fun and interesting game. They have a tough roster and currently the #1 team in our league. It will be a great test for the team
This is a team that has won most of its games easily. What kind of game can we await as you have nothing to lose.
I expect us to stay true to our identity which is to get up and down on offense and play scrappy defense.
How excited are you to be playing against American Malcolm Delaney? He has won many titles in Europe in his first two season in Europe. He is especially effective at drawing fouls whenever he wants to.
Malcolm is a good player. Ill have my hands full trying to slow him down but it will be a good test for me. Ill have to keep him in front of me and not reach so much
What do you like most about the Christmas time in Germany?
The Christmas Markets and Glühwein
How did you follow the comeback of Kobe Bryant? He had nine points, eight rebounds, four steals and eight turnovers in a loss to Toronto. Will he be able to turn this team around?
It’s Kobe, you can never count him out. It’s one game and it’s only a matter of time before he’s back in his groove
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Richie for the chat.