Brits Abroad

Ryan Richards Signs With Georgian Side Sokhumi

April 27, 2012 19:06 pm 12 comments

by Sam Neter

Ryan Richards
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.

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hiphopjunki3 April 29, 2012 at 12:00 am

good luck to Ryan and his team. Hopefully he will get on with a team in a better league after this stint

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Titletown99030507d April 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Is his pursue with the San Antonio spurs over?

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hiphopjunki3 May 3, 2012 at 5:29 am

I think he still wants to come over and play with the Spurs or for the Austin Toros which is the Spurs D-League team. He is killing his progress in my humble opinion playing against the competition he has been playing against in the last 2 leagues he has played in.

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getbuckets123 May 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm

He better make the GB team. He’s so much more skilled and stronger than dan clarke. If Ryan doesn’t make the final squad for the olympics Chris Finch should be fired. also that byron mullens is terrible in comparison to ryan.

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DP May 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

If he don’t make it into the final squad for the Olympics, blame Chris Finch.

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comew on May 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm

woah woah woah
slow down

dan clarke is solid, and made noise in the pre-olympic warm ups. has a ncie jump shot and has great intangables

bryon mullins is young and in the nba
ryan richards hasnt been given a shot in thre nba for a reason

he is soooooo talented and has the tools to one dya be a top calibre player but right now and whathcing him in the pre O warm ups
his attitude and shot selction is quesitonable

shooting step back fade aways and takeng all the shots when they have better players to take the ahots
isnt his role in the team

dont get me wrong i lvoe this guy
and he could be so good i think he could doimiante the nba
but right now he is YOUNG
and dan clarke is better than your letting on
and dud erealize how good the nba is
bryon mullins aint doing bad there

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hiphopjunki3 May 3, 2012 at 5:23 am

Mullens is pretty much the same as Richards. My 2nd favorite team is the Bobcats and I watched this guy jack up nothing but jumper after jumper because he isn’t the type to bang in the post.

I can understand if the coach doesn’t want him or Richards on the final roster because neither plays like a true big man. Both aren’t great at defense and Richards is solid at rebounding while Mullens is just okay. Neither have post moves or the skill to finish at the rim. Both shot jumpers and can hit there free throws.

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Yea May 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm

If he doesn’t make the final Olympic squad it will be because we have guys who right now are better, playing week in week out at a better standard of basketball. It is crazy to talk about sacking or even blaming Chris Finch over a unproven young big that plays at our deepest position (4 / 5 spot). Byron Mullens had a 30 point game in the NBA this year. Joel and Dan play every week in the second best pro league in the world. MBA had a solid year in Turkey (another top pro league) and of course there is Pops. He’s probably take Richard Archibald too – because he is a former NBA dude with stacks of experience. To be honest, Richards looked a little out of his depth when I saw him play for the men last year. Great potential – don’t rush, don’t over hype.

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Circea May 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Ryan Richards, Stevan Milosevic, Joshua Jackson and Lasha Parghalava are “SOKHUMI” best players, May 2012 Georgia

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Circea May 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm

see the games video types on club’ website.

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