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Old 06-21-2010, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default Ryan Richards?

Not heard much about him in mocks, but from this link he looks pretty decent. Theres a video on there too.

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Reports from the NBA Draft Combine heaped praise on the 19-year-old center, after two days of strong workouts. ESPN’s Chad Ford reported that he “shot the ball well, was very fluid running up and down the court and showed a sound basketball IQ.” His measurements were just as impressive — he’s the third-tallest prospect at 6-11ľ, and has a lithe frame that could comfortably carry another 20 pounds. Richards also turned 19 years old on April 24, making him the youngest player in the 2010 Draft. He’s aggressive and intense, something European players are not known for.

His potential is huge, but so is his enigma.

Richards first landed on NBA radars in 2007 when he became the youngest player to play in the Nike Hoop Summit at the age of 15. Yet, Richards does not play for the Great Britain national team, and spent last season with BBC Monthey in a Swiss Division 2 league. In the six games he played before dislocating his shoulder, Richards averaged 13.3 ppg and 5.2 rpg while shooting 56 percent and a beyond-impressive 91.3 percent (21-23) from the free-throw line. What’s more, it seems as though Richards will not attend the adidas EuroCamp in Treviso, where most European prospects look to solidify their stock before the Draft.

Clearly, there are question marks over the advice he’s taken.

As for what Richards feels he brings, “I’m 6-11, versatile, can play inside or outside, can shoot the ball pretty well, put it on the floor, spread the floor,” he said. “Guys like Dirk Nowitzki are really changing the game. I’m very comfortable facing the basket. I like to watch a lot of Chris Bosh, Lamar Odom, Rasheed Wallace — how they can spread the floor. They are the type of guys I follow.”

Despite his time in the wilderness, Richards’ size, range, guard-like agility, youth, and intensity give him the look of an NBA first round pick. But why don’t you make a decision for yourself? Thanks to Hoopsfix, we have fresh highlights from Richards’ past season with BBC Monthey and the 2009 England Under 18s.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:16 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ryan Richards?

I like what I've seen of him. He measured out a legit 7 ft. in shoes with a 7'2" wingspan and is a real smooth lefty. His pull up jumper looks decent but he's still very raw. He played in the Swiss first division.
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Default Re: Ryan Richards?

I can't remember where the workout was but I saw video of him with a few other late 1st/early 2nd round type bigs. Looked like they had them catching the ball on the right wing and then finishing a drive however they wanted. Some guys would take a power dribble and slam it, some spin moves, back in baby hooks, all at the rim finishes.

Then Richards gets it and does a bunch of like head fake side step dribble jumpers, jab step and step back jumper, even these awkward looking turnaround fadeaways form like 15 feet. I think there was only maybe once he finished at the rim. Maybe they told each guy to do something different, but it didn't seem like it. It was almost like he didn't know what to really do in an iso situation, everything was kinda mechanical and deliberate.
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:26 PM   #4
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I can't remember where the workout was but I saw video of him with a few other late 1st/early 2nd round type bigs. Looked like they had them catching the ball on the right wing and then finishing a drive however they wanted. Some guys would take a power dribble and slam it, some spin moves, back in baby hooks, all at the rim finishes.

Then Richards gets it and does a bunch of like head fake side step dribble jumpers, jab step and step back jumper, even these awkward looking turnaround fadeaways form like 15 feet. I think there was only maybe once he finished at the rim. Maybe they told each guy to do something different, but it didn't seem like it. It was almost like he didn't know what to really do in an iso situation, everything was kinda mechanical and deliberate.

To be fair to him he's only 19, but he might have been advised that being more of a 'euro' big shooting fadeaways etc would be best for him. I'd definitely take him late 2nd round, dependent on team needs maybe mid to early 2nd round.
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:43 AM   #5
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Default Re: Ryan Richards?

From Adrian Wojnarowski:

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British center Ryan Richards isn’t expected to get past the Kings with the 33rd pick.

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Richards also turned 19 years old on April 24, making him the youngest player in the 2010 Draft

False.

Derrick Favors is still 18.
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:54 AM   #7
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False.

Derrick Favors is still 18.

Just took it from the article. I think he's the youngest overseas though. He's also the only Brit note my interest
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Default Re: Ryan Richards?

I really like him. Obviously it's hard to make an accurate assumption on him frm the lack of footage/information, but from the little I have seen, I like him. Plus, he's British and I'm pretty sure he's a true Brit. Unlike Deng, who was born Sudan, spent about the whole of 2 weeks in the UK (and is therefore British) before going to America.
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Default Re: Ryan Richards?

he has the chance to be a good player...he probably will stay in Europe for like a year or two...so we won't be able to evaluate him in a while
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