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 Alba Berlin
Thanks Richie for talking to German Hoops again. A tough 93-79 loss last weekend in Munich. Were you just a bit in awe stepping onto the floor in the Audi Dome? What kind of experience was it playing there against the mighty FC Bayern Munich?
I wasn’t in awe but I had a good experience playing in the Audi hall. It’s big and gets really loud. Reminded me of my college days playing in sold out arenas.
SC Rasta Vechta kept the game very close for three quarters, but FC Bayern Munich broke free in the fourth quarter. Do you think that FC Bayern Munich underestimated you a bit in the early going and the teams style of play?
I believe they underestimated us. We had a game plan that we executed well for 32-33 minutes but then we got away from it.
FC Bayern Munich broke away in the fourth quarter. Was it the lack of experience or did SC Rasta Vechta get a bit tired?
We played 32-33 minutes of smart basketball. You can’t do that against teams like Munich. They capitalize on every opportunity they get.
Despite being without John Bryant, FC Bayern Munich hauled in 41 rebounds. Was this one of the areas that killed SC Rasta Vechta the most? The team rebounding of FC Bayern Munich was on.
They killed us on the offensive boards and second chance points.
How proud were you off your teammate American Dylan Talley who was top scorer with 21 points? He is one of those spark plugs that can really help a basketball club and it showed again that SC Rasta Vechta can always bring many different guys that will produce.
Dylan is our best shooter and he needs to believe that too. I’m glad he had that kind of game and I hope he can carry that confidence into this weekend.
FC Bayern Munich head coach Svetislav Pesic really rotates his players well with no one getting 30 plus minutes. Malcolm Delaney played only 12 minutes, but you saw many different players. What FC Bayern Munich player impressed you the most?
Like you said he constantly rotates guys so it keeps you on your toes because you’re always guarding someone new. I was impressed by Bryce Taylor, very good player.
How were you happy with your own game with 10 points and four assists in 32 minutes. How comfortable were you playing at this Euroleague level?
I wasn’t happy at all. I’m better than that but that’s credit to Munich. They did a good job of denying me the ball and when I did get it they clogged up the lane.
From one top team to the next this weekend where 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin visit Vechta. What kind of game can we await?
An intense game. ALBA is defensively one of the best in the league so we’ll have to be tough and aggressive on offensive.
You will be batting against Clifford Hammonds. Clemson isn´t really the NCAA basketball powerhouse, but what do you remember from his game back during your college years? How excited are you to be playing against him?
I don’t know anything about him from college but as I player I heard he’s strong and athletic. It will be another tough test for me
What is something that you really really want for Christmas this year?
To go home and see my family
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Richie for the chat