The NBA lockout maybe in full swing, but that doesn’t mean the San Antonio Spurs are short on basketball news.
Aside from some of their key players participating in Olympic qualifying tournaments, some Spurs players have participated in various summer league events and are set to play in the Impact league later this month.
On top of that, other Spurs players, most notably DeJuan Blair, have chosen to play overseas during the lockout.
Add another Spurs affiliate to that list — British big man Ryan Richards.
Richards did not make it to Great Britain’s final roster that participated in the 2011 EuroBasket, but the young big man have earned the respect of his national coach and have certainly turned the heads of some international scouts.
Sportando.net reports that Richards will play with Lugano Tigers, in Switzerland, next season.
Selected by the Spurs in the 2010 NBA Draft with the 49th overall pick, Richards has already played in Swiss with BBC Monthey in 2009-10 averaging 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in six games.
This summer, he helped the Great Britain national team Under 20 to a 13th place finish in the Eurobasket Division B recording averages of 22.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 11 games and made a strong impression on Britain’s senior national squad.