Rising Great Britain star Ryan Richards has signed with Georgian side Sokhumi Tbilisi for the remainder of the season.
The 7’0″ forward, who left Swiss side Lugano Tigers in February, has spent the last few months working out in the UK between Kent and Leeds waiting for the right job offer.
Talking to Hoopsfix from Georgia, where he landed on Wednesday, Richards said:
“I’m really excited, already practiced with the team it’s a great group of guys. I’m happy to be here, and looking forward to this new experience.”
Explaining the situation which led to him leaving Switzerland before the end of the season, the San Antonio Spurs draft pick said it “wasn’t the best fit” for him and his family.
He admitted he has one eye on the Olympics, and feels this will “definitely” help with his preparation for the summer but his main focus is winning the Superleague championship with his new side, who are about to begin their playoff run.
Sokhumi have finished the regular season with an 11-9 record, finishing 5th in the league and will open up the playoffs on the 3rd May against MIA Academy. Richards has been named in Great Britain’s preliminary squad, and was the last cut from the side prior to last year’s Eurobasket. With Lugano he averaged 11.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists.