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 at the allstar break.
Congrats Richie on the magnificent 61-52 win in Wurzburg. This is a place that is always very difficult to play in. SC Rasta Vechta allowed only 52 points. Was this the best defensive effort of the season for the team?
I wouldn’t say it was our best, but we played good defense. Wurzburg had some wide open looks that they missed as well. So in some cases we got lucky.
You have to face great players each week. How much of a challenge was it facing John Little who is seen as one of the better guard defenders in the Beko BBL.
He’s tough, strong and scrappy. He’s the toughest defender I’ve went against this season.
He only scored three points, but Maxi Kleber who entered the NBA draft two years ago and is seen as a huge German prospect who is getting much interest from top teams like Bamberg and Alba Berlin. Were you more impressed by his perimeter skills or work inside?
He has a nice skill set both inside and outside. If he works hard and stays focused he can have a bright future.
Sc Rasta Vechta is in 14th place with five wins at the Allstar break and have their first two game winning streak of the season. Is the team now on the right direction and is the break more a good thing or might it interfere with the current good run?
We’re definitely going in the right direction because we’re winning games. No matter how they look. This break will be good for us. We have a chance to tune-up some things and an extra week to prepare for our next opponent.
You are averaging 13,5ppg, are third in assists and first in steals in the Beko BBL. How happy have you been with your individual play so far?
I’m pleased with them but not content. My best basketball is yet to come. I’m just focusing on getting better every game.
Is your focus and determination rising as the season goes on? You belong to the top point guards in the Beko BBL, but weren´t added to the 2014 beko BBL allstar game. I am sure that you will pick up your game even more in the second half of the season to prove any doubters wrong.
I definitely feel I belong in the All-Star game but I’m not. It is what it is and I have to move on. I’ll speak with the way I play. This is just extra motivation to show everyone I belong to be mentioned with the best in this league. Nothing I’m not used to. Two seasons ago I was told I wasn’t good enough and had to start from the Pro B. Look at me now
SC Rasta Vechta have a much deserved rest now. Will you be doing anything special like going home, staying in Germany or exploring the vast areas of Europe?
This is the most important phase of the season for us so my time will be spent in the gym getting better.
How proud are you of German teammate Dirk Madrich who has been elected to team national. Opponents have been complaining about his overzealous physical play. How vital is the physicality of Madrich on the court to the success of SC Rasta Vechta?
Dirk is mentally strong guy. Not many guys can go from being one the top young talents, playing internationally at the highest level and then falling off. Most guys don’t have the heart to fight back for their career the way that he did. He was playing in the Pro B like me when he knew he didn’t belong there. That toughness carries onto the court and he’s always been our anchor when it comes to mental toughness and physical toughness on the court. I love my boy Dirk but I think International is going to take this one again. Haha. But I hope Dirk drops 50
Why will Rashad Bishop win the 2014 slam dunk contest despite having nice competition with guys like Ramon Galloway, Will Clyburn, Brian air Harper and Ryan Brooks?
He told me at practice that he will win, so I believe him.
Who are your NFL picks to reach the 2014 Superbowl with New England Patriots-Denver broncos and Seattle Seahawks against the San Francisco 49ers?
I have Denver and San Francisco in the Super Bowl
With all the great quarterback matchups in playoff NFL history, where do you rank the Peyton Manning-Tom Brady duel?
Top 5. Two Hall of Fame quarterbacks going at it. Doesn’t happen too often
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
We are the Millers.
Thanks Richie for the chat.