Richie Williams is a 27 year old 178cm guard that recently played for the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): EuroChallenge: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.5apg, 2.0spg; German BBL: 9 games: 8.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3FGP: 48.0%, FT: 70.6%, in Jan.’15 moved to SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA): 12 games: 4.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg. 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) 33 games: 18.3ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-4(5.7apg), Steals-2(3.2spg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.8%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for SC Rasta Vechta playing 38 games: 15.6ppg, 5.2rpg, Assists-1(6.7apg), Steals-1(2.5spg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 79.9%. In the 2013-2014 season for Vechta he played 34 games: 14.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-3(1.9spg), FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 82.7%. He spoke to German Hoops following the 2014-2015 season.
Richie thanks for talking to German Hoops. What was the first thing you did when you got home besides seeing family and friends?
The first thing I did was go to Sarita’s Taco shop
You just completed your season in Germany with SC Rasta Vechta after having started the season with the Fraport Skyliners. How frustrating was this season for you considering you had huge expectations coming to Frankfurt after a very strong BBL season with Vechta?
I’m a true believer that things happen for a reason. There’s no time to dwell. I just have to learn and move on.
Your stay with the Fraport Skyliners was shortened to four months even though you only played five weeks of games. Was this short working agreement a misunderstanding from both sides?
Sometimes things don’t go as planned and when that happens, changes are liable to happen.
Do you feel that your stay in Frankfurt would have gone a lot different had you arrived in Frankfurt 100% healthy?
Definitely. Everyone is aware of what I can do when I’m 100% healthy.
You had some solid games against Artland and in Eurochallenge play against Baaken. What positives were you able to gather from your time with the Fraport Skyliners?
It’s confirmation that I’m one of the best when I’m at full strength.
Which Fraport Skyliner did you have the most pleasure playing with this season?
I was closer to some players than others but they were all fun players to be around and play with.
In January you went back to your old team SC Rasta Vechta and in 12 games averaged 4,6ppg, 2,7rpg and 3,3apg. Were you completey healthy went you returned?
I was healthy but I was coming off almost 3 months with no basketball activity and not touching a basketball.
You never found your rhythm with Vechta. Did you feel much pressure coming from the Frankfurt situation and having to put up the kind of numbers you had last season?
There wasn’t a pressure issue for me. My frustrations came from not playing at a level I have known myself to play at
Vechta already had point guard Derek Wright. In retrospect were you ok with having to get less minutes than last season?
I was okay with it. I knew what I was getting myself into.
This was your first season where you played for two teams. What lessons did you learn this season that will help you this summer when you enter the transfer market again?
I learned to make sure I’m 100% healthy going into training camp.
Do you think you will stay in Germany or could you imagine going to another country to play?
I have no clue what’s in store for me in terms of where I will next play season. I like Germany and I’m comfortable in Germany but I wouldn’t oppose playing anywhere else.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Richie for the chat.