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 s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg.
Thanks Richie for talking to German Hoops again. A big 89-70 vcitory last weekend against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. How important was this win after the bitter loss in Frankfurt? It seems like the club really stuck together and forgot the loss in Frankfurt quickly.
The win against Bremerhaven was very important because we want to refrain from being one of the bottom 2 teams. Coming off of Christmas break we want to give ourselves a clean slate and play with no agenda.
SC Rasta Vechta did a great job on the boards with 40 rebounds. How vital was controlling the boards in this win?
Rebounding is what we do best so with that being our best asset, we have to bring it every game.
You have to step up against the best point guards each week. What was your impression of Bremerhaven point guard Darius Adams who had 14 points and eight assists. How would you rate him against other point guards you have played this season?
He’s very quick and can score in a variety of ways. I shared the responsibility with Flavio Stückemann so we can wear him down. He helps the team most when he’s scoring so I wanted to turn him into a passer and make someone else score.
The bottom of the standings is so exciting as there are many teams that have three and four victories. After a big win against Bremerhaven, the self confidence soars, but how mentally sharp is the team at the moment concerning the momentary standings place?
We’re aware of the standings but we approach every game with the same level of importance. We have to take it one game at a game so we can be completely focused and not looking ahead.
The next game is against the s.olIver Baskets Wurzburg. This is another cellar type match up. What kind of game can we await?
Granted their position, Würzburg is a pretty good defense team. They’re in a must win position just like we are so I’m expecting an intense game.
What has been your impression of German point guard Flavio Stuckemann that is getting much self confidence from head coach Pat Elzie. He hit some big shots in Frankfurt and played 20 minutes against Bremerhaven.
Flavio is our captain and he’s our team leader. It doesn’t matter what he’s done all game, he makes big plays when we need him to.
How do you see the NFL playoff games this weekend New England Patriots-Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers?
I don’t care about anyone but the hometown team. I’m rocking with the Chargers taking the Super Bowl. I want them to play the Colts.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Silver Linings Playbook.
Thanks Richie for the chat.