Riley Lachance (188-PG-1996, college: Vanderbilt) is a 26 year old 188cm point guard that has overseas experience playing in countries like Poland, Belgium and holland as well as playing in the G-League. Currently he is playing with the Lakeland Magic. He played at Vanderbilt (NCAA) from 2014-2018 and 2 seasons ago played with Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Holland-DBL) averaging 14.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 80.6%. He gave some opinions about ex Fraport Skyliners head coach Geert Hammink for whom he played for in Holland before the coach began to coach the Fraport Skyliners..
Riley thanks for talking to ermanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and hos is life treating you at the moment?
Yes I am looking to go back overseas for this upcoming season.
You won the Dutch league title under Geert Hammink 2 seasons ago. You rolled by the competition in the playoffs having a 7-1 record and sweeping Den Bosch in the finals. What do you remember from the finals?
From our finals run I remember that Coach Geert did a great job of making adjustments to some things we didn’t do so well against Den Bosch in the regular season. Even though Den Bosch beat us several times in the regular season he remained calm when we matched up with the in the finals and was confident we could make the proper adjustments and become champions.
Talk a little about his coaching style. He likes to play fast and attractive. How else would you describe his style?
I think coach Geert is an easy guy to play for. He lets his players have a lot of freedom and allows them to play to their strengths, but at the same time getting everyone to buy in to the team concept. I think that, along with his experiences as a player playing at the highest levels has been what makes him a great coach so quickly.
Is he ready for the next step in Germany in the easyCredit BBL for the Fraport Skyliners? Do you feel like he can make that organization great again?
I think he is very ready for the next challenge in the BBL. I think he will do very well in that league and have much success. I wish him the best of luck there.
Is there a chance that he could take you along for his first season in Germany?
As far as me, I have not heard from him or anyone else in regards to anything about joining him in Frankfurt. That is something you would have to ask him.
How is he off the court? Did he tell any Shaq stories from his Louisiana State days?
Off the court Geert was very easy to get along with. I was there during a covid year that had strict protocols so we didn’t get many chances to hangout off the court but I have nothing but good things to say about Geert on and off the court.
Thanks Riley for the chat.