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 next game against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg
Richie a tough 86-72 loss in Ludwigsburg. Ludwigsburg swept the season series. The game was somewhat close in the third quarter, but Ludwigsburg was able to break away in the fourth quarter getting the win. What was key for Ludwigsburg getting the victory?
The key was to dominate the paint and we didn’t do that. They killed us in rebounds which is what we do best and they did a better job of getting to the free throw line and making free throws.
Was new Ludwigsburg center Gary Mcghee a bit off the radar with his 13 points and 14 rebounds or did SC Rasta Vechta know what he was capable to bring to the table?
We were aware of what he’s capable of but didn’t do a very good job of keeping him off the boards. That’s a team thing. No one person is at fault for that.
What is it like when your on the court and read two very well know NBA names like Stockton and Karl which one doesn´t see each day in the Beko BBL? Was your focus and energy even a bit higher than usual in Ludwigsburg?
I don’t pay attention to the name. I judge players based on their abilities not the name on their uniform. The focus was there because it was a win we needed to get.
You know Michael Stockton form the Pro A last season. You have seen him in two games now. How have you seen his development? In a way his situation is similar to you in that you both have proved that you can play at the highest basketball level in Germany.
He deserves to be where he’s at. We worked hard, got an opportunity and he’s making the most of it. I can’t be anything other than happy for a guy who been able to do what he’s doing.
A lot of pressure as well as responsibility lies on your shoulders. You had five turnovers in Ludwigsburg. Do you sometimes try to do too much on the court in your quest to lead your team to victory in any possible way?
I don’t feel I do too much. Everything I do is to make something positive happen for the team. Sometimes it’s good intentions gone wrong. It’s part of the game. No one plays mistake free basketball.
How advantageous is it that SC Rasta Vechta faced Wurzburg 21 days ago and you had your best team defensive performance letting up 52 points?
That’s definitely a positive thing to have just played them but they’re a different team that we play them last time. Key guys coming back from injury and guys being added to the team. This is a must win for us.
Wurzburg is known for having a very scrappy defense. How proud were you that SC Rasta Vechta only had nine turnovers. How vital will that stat be again this time around as well as keeping their outside shooters at bay which you did at 7/31?
For sure. Each possession will be that much important because there will be less of them. Especially when you know it will be a low scoring, defensive minded game.
What is your 2104 Super Bowl prediction? Can the Seattle Sea Hawks win this game or is Peyton Manning invincible?
I predict that Peyton Manning will go out on top
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Richie for the chat.