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 Fraport Skyliners.
Richie thanks for talking to German Hoops again. You had a short stay at home at Christmas in California. What was the first thing you did when you got home besides going to Taco bell?
First stop was the taco shop. Only people from Cali know what I mean when it comes to Mexican food.
In the few days that you were home, you obviously spent much time with family and friends, but as a professional basketball player, did you do anything to stay in shape or did you just rest your bones for the upcoming game against the Fraport Skyliners?
One day was traveling, the second was filled with rest. The rest of my time I worked out. Nothing crazy, just got shots up to make sure I don’t get rusty.
SC Rasta Vechta suffered a tough 88-73 loss at home. What was the difference this time?
We started off slow and no intensity. Something that should never happen at home.
How happy were you with your game? You had 14 points, five rebounds and six assists, but five turnovers. What upset you most about your turnovers? Were they more dumb mistakes, or aggressive Alba Berlin defense that surprised you?
I had a solid stat line minus the turnovers. Some of them were unforced and there’s no excuse for that.
Rashad Bishop had his breakout game against Alba Berlin. What surprised you in this game from him that you hadn´t seen before in practice?
Nothing surprised me. He has the ability to have those type of games. He got us going when were struggling.
Will Rashad Bishop surprise any people in the dunk contest at the 2014 Allastar game? Have you seen any crashing dunks in practice from him in the short time that he has been in Vechta?
Rashad is deceptively athletic. He’s soo laid back that some of his moves catch you off guard. He’s a good leaper and I think he has a legit chance to win. Every now and then he’ll dunk to show us he’s got it.
Will keeping Andrew Rautins in check be half the rent to getting a win in Frankfurt?
Rautins is a tough guard and one of the top scorers in the league so he’s definitely on the list of people we need to slow down to win.
On December 21st is always the anniversary of when basketball was invented by James Naismith. What has been the most important thing in basketball over the last 122 years that you will always remember?
To me the most important thing that happened to basketball was when Jordan entered the NBA. He changed the game forever and it’s now global and that has a lot to do with him. The excitement he brought to the game.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Despicable Me 2. With my nieces and nephew over Christmas break.
Thanks Richie for the chat.