San Antonio Spurs draft pick Ryan Richards (1991 born) has confirmed to Hoopsfix he will be playing with the Great Britain Under 20s team this summer at the Division B European Championships in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Despite spending the past season rehabbing from two shoulder surgeries, the 7’0″ big man who is about to start going full 5 on 5 again in the coming weeks, is extremely confident of Great Britain’s chances to get that much desired promotion to Division A. So confident in fact, he guaranteed a win when we spoke to him exclusively last week at his home in Kent:
“We’re gonna win. I can tell everybody that now. We’ve got a strong team, as long as we keep the chemistry right and stay focused there’s no doubt in my mind we’re gonna win.”
Richards is well aware that his biggest knock is his lack of competitive action but is hoping to use the European championships to get back in game shape and get better:
“For myself, I wanna play well. I wanna get back out there, get in game shape and get my rhythm back. Whatever my numbers are, that is what it is. I wanna leave the tournament knowing I’m getting my rhythm back and I’ve improved.”
The GB side, who are expected to field one of their strongest junior teams in recent years, have been drawn into Group C where they will face Czech Republic, Finland and Norway. The tournament tips off on the 14th July 2011.