Ryan Richards

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Ryan Richards
No. 20 – Soles
PositionPower forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1991-04-24) 24 April 1991 (age 28)
Chatham, Kent, England
NationalityEnglish
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career2009–present
Career history
2009Belfius Mons-Hainaut
2009La Caja Gran Canaria
2010BBC Monthey
2011–2012Lugano Tigers
2012Sukhumi
2012–2013Asseco Prokom Gdynia
2013Zepter Vienna
2013Al Nasr Dubai
2013–2014Ikaros Chalkidas
2014Zepter Vienna
2014–2015Körmend
2015Azad University Tehran
2015Guangxi Rhino
2015–2016Shahrdari Gorgan
2016Sageese
2016Al-Ahli
2016Karpoš Sokoli
2016–2017Sanat Naft Abadan
2018Hallmann Vienna
Career highlights and awards

Ryan Richards (born 24 April 1991) is a British/Jamaican professional basketball player who last played in Austria. He began playing in England and has played for short spells for numerous teams in several countries. He was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs with the 49th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, but never played a regular season game for the team.

Junior career[edit]

In 2005–06, Richards played for the Medway Park Crusaders club, making regular appearances with the senior team aged only 14, in the English Basketball League's third division. He averaged four points and four rebounds per game and helped the Crusaders finish runner-up in the 2006 National Shield.[citation needed] He also competed for England at the 2006 U16 European Championship (Division B) as an U15 player. He finished second on the team in scoring (9.7 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.6 rpg).[1]

In 2006–07, Richards played for Gran Canaria's U16 cadet team at the Spanish Academy level. He also competed for its U18 junior squad. He posted a 33-point performance in leading his club to a championship. In April 2007, he played for the World Select team at the Nike Hoop Summit at just 15 years old, going 0-2 from the field in three minutes. He later represented England at the 2007 U16 European Championship (Division B), where he averaged 18.6 points and 11.6 rebounds over seven appearances in helping his squad to a fourth-place finish.[1]

In 2007–08, Richards played for C.B. Agüimes of the Junior League of Canaria. He also played in three games for Real Madrid's junior team at the Nike Junior International Tournament, averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 22.4 minutes.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Early years (2008–2011)[edit]

In 2008, Richards joined the junior program of Belgian club Belfius Mons-Hainaut. In Belgium's third division, he helped the squad go 16–8 in Group B. In March 2009, Richards made his debut in the Ethias League. During the 2008–09 season, he also played two games in the Nike Junior International Tournament for German club Brose Baskets, averaging 16.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 29.3 minutes. Richards later played two games at the 2009 U-18 European Championship for England, averaging 29.0 points and 13.0 rebounds.[1]

For the 2009–10 season, Richards joined Gran Canaria and started the season with the team's junior squad, La Caja Gran Canaria, in the Spanish EBA. He averaged 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 18.4 minutes per game over three appearances. Following this three-game stint, he began suiting up for the senior squad, but never made it onto the court with Gran Canaria. In January 2010, he was loaned to Swiss club BBC Monthey for the rest of the 2009–10 season.[2] He played six games for Monthey before separating his shoulder. He averaged 13.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 20.3 minutes.[1]

On 24 June 2010, Richards was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 49th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.[3] He did not join the Spurs for the 2010–11 season; instead, he spent the season recovering from two shoulder surgeries.[4]

Europe and Asia (2011–2017)[edit]

On 9 September 2011, Richards signed with Swiss club Lugano Tigers.[4] He left the team in February 2012. Two months later, he signed with BC Sukhumi of the Georgian Superleague.[5]

In July 2012, Richards joined the San Antonio Spurs for the 2012 NBA Summer League. On 6 November 2012, he signed with Polish club Asseco Prokom Gdynia.[6] On 29 January 2013, he parted ways with Gdynia.[7] Two weeks later, he signed with BC Zepter Vienna for the rest of the season.[8] With Zepter Vienna, he won an Austrian League championship.

In July 2013, Richards re-joined the San Antonio Spurs for the 2013 NBA Summer League. He started the 2013–14 season with Dubai-based club Al Nasr,[9] but returned to Europe in December 2013 and joined Greek club Ikaros Chalkidas for the rest of the season.[10]

On 19 July 2014, Richards signed with Zepter Vienna, returning to the club for a second stint.[11] His second stint lasted just five games, as he parted ways with the club on 21 October 2014.[12] Three days later, he signed with Hungarian club BC Körmend for the rest of the season.[13]

In April 2015, Richards moved to Iran where he joined Azad University Tehran.[14] In June 2015, he signed with Chinese NBL side Guangxi Rhino.[15]

For the 2015–16 season, Richards returned to Iran to play for Shahrdari Gorgan. Following the Iranian season, he joined Lebanese club Sagesse. He then had a short stint with Al-Ahli in May 2016.

On 26 September 2016, Richards signed with the San Antonio Spurs for training camp.[16] Three days later, he was waived by the Spurs.[17] On 20 October 2016, Richards signed with Karpoš Sokoli in Macedonia.[18][19] On 22 November 2016, he parted ways with Sokoli after appearing in four games.[20] On 3 December 2016, he signed with Sanat Naft Abadan of the Iranian Super League.[21]

On 9 March 2018 Richards signed with Hallmann Vienna of the Österreichische Basketball Bundesliga.[22] On 26 April 2018 Richards was reported to have parted way with the team without playing a game due to shoulder injury.[23]

ESPN "The Basketball Tournament" appearances[edit]

In summer 2016, Richards joined Overseas Elite to participate in ESPN's The Basketball Tournament. The team repeated as champions of the South region, and eventually went on to defend their title defeating Team Colorado and bringing home an increased $2 million prize.[24]

He joined Ram Nation (VCU Alumni) for the 2018 ESPN's The Basketball Tournament. [25]

Kent Panthers[edit]

In September 2018 Richards became a director of the Kent Panthers Basketball Team. The Panthers compete in the British junior national basketball league.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Ryan Richards | DRAFT 2010 Prospects". NBA.com. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  2. ^ Neter, Sam (26 January 2010). "Ryan Richards Dominates in his Second Game". HoopsFix.com. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  3. ^ "NBA's San Antonio Spurs snap up British teenager Ryan Richards". Mirror.co.uk. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Ryan Richards signs with Lugano Tigers". Sportando.com. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Ryan Richards inks with Sokhumi Tbilisi". Sportando.com. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Ryan Richards inks with Asseco Prokom Gdynia". Sportando.com. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Ryan Richards, Asseco Prokom Gdynia part ways". Sportando.com. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  8. ^ "BC Zepter Vienna signs Ryan Richards". Sportando.com. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Ryan Richards Agrees To Deal In Dubai". Sportando.com. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Ryan Richards inks with Ikaros". Sportando.com. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Zepter Wien sign Ryan Richards, to sign Christoph Greimeister". Sportando.com. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  12. ^ "BC Zepter Vienna parts ways with Ryan Richards". Sportando.com. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Ryan Richards signs with BC Kormend for Giorgi Sharabidze". Sportando.com. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Ryan Richards moves to Azad-Teheran in Iran". Sportando.com. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Ryan Richards signs in Chinese NBL with Guangxi Rhinos". Sportando.com. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  16. ^ "SPURS ANNOUNCE 2016-17 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  17. ^ "SPURS WAIVE RYAN RICHARDS". NBA.com. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Ричардс ќе го затвора рекетот na Соколи". SportMedia.mk (in Macedonian). 20 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  19. ^ "Од Сан Антонио во Скопје: Британецот Ричардс потпиша за Карпош Соколи". KKSokoli.mk (in Macedonian). Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  20. ^ "Карпош Соколи со "шут карта" за Ричардс". sportmedia.mk (in Macedonian). 22 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  21. ^ "Ryan Richards (ex Karpos Sokoli) joins Naft Abadan". Eurobasket.com. 3 December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  22. ^ "Ryan Richards signs with BC Hallmann Vienna". Sportando.basketball. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Hallman Vienna, Ryan Richards parting ways". Sportando.basketball. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  24. ^ Overseas Elite wins second straight TBT, retrieved 6 August 2017
  25. ^ Ram Nation, retrieved 7 July 2018

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