San Antonio Spurs player Ryan Richards leaves Lugano Tigers
NBA player Ryan Richards has reportedly left his
Swiss-based team for 'personal reasons.'
The Sittingbourne-born former Crusaders player - who was
selected by San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the 2010 NBA
draft - has been loaned out to European teams to develop his skills
before making his bow with the Spurs.
The 6ft 11in power forward/centre played 15 games for the Lugano
Tigers in the Swiss League, averaging 11.2points and 6.7rebounds -
the second highest on the team.
The Tigers began the season with an impressive 17-1 record in
the Swiss A Division but after missing two straight games, it was
revealed Richards had left the team for 'personal reasons'
according to a report on Eurobasket.com
It is not yet known whether he will join another European team
or be recalled to the USA.
Richards, who turns 21 in April has previously played in
Switzerland with BBC Monthey and has had stints in Spain and
He began his career at 13 with the Kent Crusaders, before their
move from Canterbury to Medway Park, before moving to Spain in 2006
to join Gran Canaria's academy.
Richards is likely to earn a place in the Great Britain squad
for the London 2012 Olympics after averaging 22 points and eight
rebounds for the GB under-20 team at the European
Picture: Dan Wooller/wooller.com
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