Richard Williams is a 28 year old 178cm guard that completed his first season with the Kirchheim Knights averaging 15,5ppg, 4,2apg and 8,0rpg. He 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 at the end of the season.
Richie thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
My summer has been going well so far. I’m back home in San Diego enjoying the company of friends and family before I get back to work.
Your season ended in April. Has the time from then until now felt like an eternity or has the time away from games flown by?
The time away has flown by. I’ve been constantly moving since I’ve been home trying to catch up with people I haven’t seen in the past year.
The Kirchheim Knights finished the Pro A season in third place with a record of 22-6. How difficult was it for you personally to digest the playoff sweep to the Gladiators Trier?
It was tough. I had high expectations for myself and the team and we came up short.
The first two loses were very tight and Kirchheim lost game three by 15 points. What was missing to having a better result against the Gladiators Trier?
Making plays defensively when we needed them. Trier had a balanced attack. We couldn’t focus on 1 or 2 people, they played like a team.
Do you feel like Kirchheim had already reached their peak before the playoffs started?
Not at all. There was still plenty of room for us to grow.
If you could summarize the season overall for the Kirchheim Knights? What positives could you take from the season?
We were the underdog most of the season. No one expected us to be as successful as we were. The positive I’d like to take is how the team didn’t let other people’s expectations of us define our season.
What positives do you feel could the team take from the season? Possibly the further fine development of the three Germans Besnik Bekteshi, Tim Koch and Andreas Kronhardt?
I think Andi, Besnik and Tim played well this season. I believe the three of them are already signed back for next season. That is a good core to start with going into next season.
How far are these guys from being Beko BBL role players?
If they want to play at the next level they can. It’ll only come down to how bad they want it and how bad they’re willing to work for it.
You played 32 games averaging 15,5ppg, 4,2rpg, 8,0apg and 2,0spg. How would you summarize your own season? Were you content with your efforts in your full season back in the Pro A?
I played well but I can still grow. After a disappointing season a year ago, I will not complain about what I accomplished this season.
You were the best point guard in the Pro A. Do you feel like with your stats that you deserve another chance in the Beko BBL?
That’s a good question, I’m not sure. I don’t concern myself with that though.
What was your season highlight on the floor with your team last season? You had numerous games were you really filled the stats sheet well.
The whole season was a highlight for me. Every guy on the team was a pleasure to play with.
What is the next step for Richie Williams? What would be the best situation for next season if you could choose? I am sure that Germany will remain your address.
I’m not sure what’s in store for next season. It’s still early in the process. What I do know is I want to win, win a championship.
On what things will you stress most in your summertime workout sessions concerning your game that you want to improve most on?
Finishing at the basket and becoming more of a knock down shooter.
Which young German improved the most this season for the Kirchheim Knights?
In my opinion Besnik Behteshi.
If you had to choose one player that was toughest to battle on the floor in Germany who would you chose?
Darius Adams when he was playing in Bremerhaven.
If you were to construct a NBA Rushmore, which 4 NBA heads would you make?
Jordan, Kobe, Magic, Kareem
What was the first American eatery that you sought out when you arrived back to the States?
The first place I went to was “In n Out”. Great burgers
What is going to be a place that you will try to visit this summer where you necessarily haven´t ever been to in your life?
I have plans to go to Miami this summer.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Richie for the chat.