Maurice Williams is a 30 year old 192cm guard from Gary, Indiana that recently completed his fourth season in Germany with UBC Hannover Tigers (Germany-ProB) where he played 21 games averaging 9.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP-2(67.0%), 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 80.7%. In the 2011-2012 season, he was a teammate with new Fraport Skyliner Richard Williams and he took some time to reflect on Richard Williams the player for German Hoops.
Maurice, thanks for talking to German Hoops. The news that your ex teammate Richard Williams signed with the German Beko BBL team Fraport Skyliners. You played a season with Williams in Hannover. How happy are you about his chance to move up into a bigger market?
I am very happy and proud that he can showcase his talents for the Skyliners. They should be one of the top teams in the BBL next year
You played with Richie Williams in the 2011-2012 season with UBC Hannover. What was your first impression of him when you saw him on the court in Hannover?
My first impression was this guy is very quick with or without the ball, strong and plays with a lot of passion and hates to lose.
In the 2011-2012 season, UBC Hannover won the German Pro B north. How important a role did Richie Williams play in Hannover being so successful? Where would the team have been that season without a Richie Williams?
Well that season we had a very good group of guys and we all accepted and respected Richie as our leader, but for us not to have him I really can’t say what type of season we would have had but I am glad we got him.
You are four years older, but it was your first season in Europe and Williams had played briefly in Iceland. Williams was the star in Hannover while you were an important role player. Were you like a mentor for him or how did you guys make each other better on the court?
I wouldn’t say his mentor, but whenever Richie wanted to talk basketball or off the court issues I was there for him and vice versa even till this day we keep in touch.
How has the game of Richie Williams progressed over time since your days in Hannover?
I really think he’s the same player all he needed is the opportunity. He’s a very hard worker and has proven he can compete at a high level
I have rarely seen a more dedicated player than Richie Williams. He may only be 177cm, but his heart is as big as gold. Have you ever seen a player want to win as badly as him? I am sure one couldn´t talk to him after the game three loss to Vexhta?
Well besides myself Richie is very passionate when it comes to basketball. As bad as we both wanted to win the pro b that year Richie took the loss as motivation to get better
His game gets more noticed with his offense, but he belongs to the top defensive players in the Beko BBL last season with his 1,9spg. His hands are so quick. What other qualities on defense really stick out when you have to play against him?
He plays the passing lanes well and to be so short he can rebound he has the ability to get to all loose balls because of his quickness
To describe Williams as a scoring point guard isn´t totally correct because he can find his teammates equally well. If you could describe Williams to an NBA point guard who would it be?
I would describe him to no one! I truly believe if he is given the chance Richie Williams can play on any level and compete with the best
Williams now joins the Fraport Skyliners that is a very very young team. How do you see him fitting into that system? Wherever he has played in Germany, he has had good stats. Do you think he will be as motivated as ever after having such a hard luck season with SC Rasta Vechta?
Yes for sure due to the season he just went through he’s going to come back with a lot to prove, and Richie is coachable and can adjust his game to any system.
What was the most amazing thing that you ever saw Richie Williams do on the court in your time at Hannover?
One game he had like 20 points 10 assist 8 steals 6 rebounds and no turnovers
Many only know Williams as an amazing player, but few know him personally. Please describe an experience where you witnessed how Richie Williams the person was as a quality that most don´t know about?
Once Richie lets you in on his personal side for sure he’s a person you can trust and if he says he’s going to do something you can count on him very dependable
You have 14 inches on Williams, but who won the one on one games then in practice?
We never played but I will win and im going to leave it at that, but I have the most respect for Richie and wish him all the best.
Thanks Maurice for the chat.