San Antonio Spurs draftee Ryan Richards and Great Britain face Iceland today. Over the past few days, I’ve been keeping track of Richards’ play in the Under-20 European Championships in Sarajevo.
Richards was selected by the Spurs with the 19th pick in the second round of the 2010 NBA draft. He’s currently under contract with the international ball club Gran Canaria until June of 2012.
Richards is only 20 years old and after the Memphis Grizzlies dominated the Spurs in the paint, it’s clear that the team still lacks height in the frontline outside of Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter.
Even though Richards is young, he’s been a beast in the U-20 Championships, just look at his stat line over his last six games.
Quick note: Keep in mind, that his competitors are all 20-year old basketball players.
- Vs Portugal: 12 points, 8 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 foul.
- Vs Finland: 28 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks.
- Vs Luxembourg: 20 points, 11 rebounds.
- Vs Norway: 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 fouls.
- Vs Czech Republic: 27 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, 3 fouls.
- Vs Israel: 32 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists.
After most of these games, I’ve been reading comments from Spurs fans such as, “Bring him over immediately!” “I know he’s young, but we can let him learn in Austin!” “He’s just what we need; young, quick, and tall.”
Basically, the majority of Spurs fans want Richards in silver and black before, or if, next season begins.
I’ve done some extensive research and personally looked into the situation myself. I’ve decided to put together a question and answer type of format with the best possible answers on the Ryan Richards situation.
Q: What’s the latest on Richards to the Spurs?
A: The last time we heard any news on the situation, the Spurs were in contact with Richards’ ball club before the lockout on May 25th. Our own Jeff Garcia had this quote in his piece:
Gran Canaria Basketball Club and the San Antonio Spurs (NBA) have already established the first contacts to resolve the contractual status of Ryan Richards, English power forward current contract with the organization until June 2012 Claretian and in 2010 was elected to the Texas franchise in the post 49 of the draft.
The aim of the player, is to stay U.S. looking for a spot in the rotation of the Spurs or the staff of the Austin Toros, Team D-League franchise connected to San Antonio.
Garcia went on to mention that Richards would probably have to wait out his contract. Bringing us to today, ever since the lockout began, we’ve yet to hear of any news between Richards’ camp and the Spurs on a possible buyout.