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 TBB Trier
A tough 91-72 loss last weekend to the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. SC Rasta Vechta was up by one point at half, but a crushing 29-8 third quarter run sealed the win for them. What were the main reasons for giving up so many points in the third quarter
We gave them too many easy looks and on offense we were taking quick shots. They got rolling and we couldn’t stop them.
SC Rasta Vechta was only 2/15 from downtown as you nailed the only SC Rasta Vechta three pointers of the game. The rebounding also suffered a bit as Braunschweig won that 37-31. Are these two areas where the team will focus on this week?
The rebounding didn’t kill us. Defense did. Our focus this week is to maintain our focus on defense for the entire game and playing with intensity.
Isaiah Swann led Braunschweig with 17 points and also was one of the culprits in the third quarter that did much damage. Could one say that that team goes with the flow of Swann? How important is he for the success of that club?
When he gets going its hard to slow him down and other players feed off his confidence.
Seldom does one see a game with so little turnovers. SC Rasta Vechta had eight turnovers which is solid, but Braunschweig had only three turnovers. Was this just an example of a team the Phantoms taking very good care of the ball or less aggressiveness on the part of SC Rasta Vechta on the defensive side?
For me it shows our lack of intensity and ball pressure on defense. We allowed them to move the ball as they pleased.
Ex NBA player William Conroy is with SC Rasta Vechta in a try-out. What has been your first impression of him? Do you too fit well at a 1-2 guard combo or how will it work?
We both are point guards with the ability to score. It gives us another ball handler so I can play off the ball a little more.
Do you remember him in the NBA? What valuable pointers have you been able to take from his game in practice?
His confidence and knowledge of the game are two things I notice right off the back. Very experienced player so I can definitely pick up a thing or two from him.
What are your memories of the big 87-84 win in Trier at the start of the season?
Being down double digits late in the game and making a run to win. Also the heart and toughness we played with.
TBB Trier pounded SC Rasta Vechta on the boards and had some guys hot on an eight man rotation. This is a must win for both teams? What kind of game can we expect and what will be key in getting the win?
This will be a game where Trier will want revenge and for us, we want to show it wasn’t a fluke. Also to be one more game out of regulation.
Have you been watching the Winter Olympics? What events do you like most?
I haven’t been watching much of it but I’ve caught the snowboarding events.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Richie for the chat.