PLAYER SPOTLIGHT - Ridley Shema, Richmond Knights

For our first NBL takeover, Richmond Knights will be taking over the NBL Instagram stories on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 October. 

We caught up with Ridley Shema, ahead of the Knights' takeover weekend, for a Player Spotlight interview.



Name: Ridley Shema

Team: Richmond Knights - Under 16 Boys (South Premier) & Division Four Men (South East)


Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am 6'6", 16 years of age, and my favourite position to play is on the wing. I try to play like my favourite player, Kevin Durant.


What brought you to the NBL in the first place?

The desire to play at a higher level.


What was your first impression of the NBL? How has that changed?

I found it more competitive and aggressive. It has made me more physical and eager to win on the court.


What was your first "bright spot" with your team?

Playing in an international tournament in Spain against some of the best teams in Europe. 


What was your biggest challenge?

Being the lead player for my school team, this puts a lot of pressure on me. 


What changes have you noticed in yourself since joining the NBL?

I have improved on my outside game, shooting from three-point and mid-range, as well as finishing at the rim. My overall awareness of the game has also improved.      


What are you working on right now, what are your current goals?

My defence and body strength, I want to be able to get a lot of steals and deflections to disrupt the opposing teams' offence.


What is your favourite NBL memory?

Winning MVP at Final Fours with school team in Manchester.


What advice would you give someone who is just getting started in basketball?

Be patient while learning skills and knowledge, you'll eventually see improvements.


What do you like to do outside of basketball?

Meeting up with my friends, playing PS4, listening to music and watching movies.


Finally, who is your favourite British basketball player and why?

Gabe Olaseni is my favourite British basketball player because of his work rate and hustle. 


You can follow Ridley's progress this weekend as Richmond Knights takeover the NBL Instagram stories!