Tyrese Rice

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Tyrese Rice
Khimki
Position Point guard
League VTB United League
Eurocup
Personal information
Born (1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 27)
Richmond, Virginia
Nationality American / Montenegrin
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school L. C. Bird (Chesterfield, Virginia)
College Boston College (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 Panionios (Greece)
2010–2011 Artland Dragons (Germany)
2011–2012 Lietuvos rytas (Lithuania)
2012–2013 Bayern Munich (Germany)
2013–2014 Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
2014–present Khimki (Russia)
Career highlights and awards

Tyrese Rice (born May 15, 1987) is an American-Montenegrin professional basketball player who currently plays for Khimki of the VTB United League. Rice played college basketball with the Boston College Eagles.

Early life and high school[edit]

Rice was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, to Allison Rice and Wayne Jefferson. His parents ended their relationship soon afterward.[1] Rice attended L. C. Bird High School in Chesterfield, Virginia, and played on the school's basketball team. In his junior and senior seasons, he earned AAA All-State honors from the Virginia High School Coaches Association. In the 2004–05 season, he led his team to a school-record 29 wins and a Central Region title, their first ever. Rice averaged 27.0 points, 6.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game that season. He earned 2004–05 Associated Press (Virginia) Co-Player of the Year honors and was named (Richmond) Times-Dispatch Player of the Year.[2]

Collegiate career[edit]

Rice signed his letter of intent to play basketball at and attend Boston College on April 28, 2005.[3] As a freshman (2005–06), Rice played in all 36 games, averaging 9.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.[2] He earned two ACC rookie honors: ACC Rookie of the Week on November 28, 2005 and was named to the ACC All-Freshman team.[4][5] In his sophomore season (2006–07), Rice started all 33 games, averaging 36.6 minutes a game. He finished the season with stats of 17.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. Rice was named to the All-ACC second team, and garnered All-Tournament honors for that season's ACC tournament. In two NCAA tournament games, Rice averaged 24 points.[2] A highlight of Rice's junior season (2007–08) was a career-high 46-point performance in a 90–80 home loss to North Carolina on March 1, 2008. He scored 34 points by halftime.[6] Rice averaged 21.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. He again earned All-ACC honors, this time on the first team.[2] In a scintillating senior year (2008–09), Rice experienced a dip in his scoring, averaging 16.9 points a game but improved in other statistical categories, averaging 3.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists a game. He scored 9 points in BC's only appearance of the 2009 NCAA tournament.[7]

Collegiate statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Boston College 36 0 20.8 .432 .391 .773 1.4 2.5 .7 .1 9.3
2006–07 Boston College 33 33 36.6 .458 .322 .795 3.4 5.4 1.2 .3 17.6
2007–08 Boston College 30 30 38.1 .433 .358 .846 3.3 5.0 1.6 .2 21.0
2008–09 Boston College 33 33 33.4 .413 .347 .856 3.8 5.3 1.4 .2 16.9
Career 132 96 31.8 .434 .353 .825 2.9 4.5 1.2 .2 15.9

Professional career[edit]

Rice went undrafted in the 2009 NBA Draft, he had been projected to be selected in the second round or go undrafted.[8][9] He then joined the Greek League club Panionios.[10][11]

Rice played for the Utah Jazz in the Orlando Pro Summer League and later with Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League in 2010. He was signed by the Artland Dragons for the 2010–11 season, a team in Germany's Basketball Bundesliga, the top league in the country.[12]

In the 2011-2012 season Rice played for Lietuvos Rytas of Lithuanian Basketball League. In 2012–13 season he returned to Germany to play for Bayern Munich. [13]

On July 11, 2013, Rice signed a two-year contract with Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv.[14][15] In his first season with Maccabi, he won the Euroleague, with him averaging 9.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds over 30 games. After beating favored Olimpia Milano in dramatic playoff series, Maccabi advanced to the Euroleague Final Four. In the semifinal game, he was responsible for the 68–67 victory over CSKA Moscow by scoring the game-winner with 5.5 seconds left on the clock.[16] In the championship final game against Real Madrid, he scored 26 points, leading his team to a sixth Euroleague title, after ovetime 98-86 victory.[17] For such performance, he was named the Final Four MVP of the Euroleague.[18]

On June 30, 2014, Rice signed a three-year deal with the Russian club Khimki.[19][20]

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Rice's team won the Euroleague
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2013–14 Maccabi 30 5 20.6 .409 .382 .850 2.1 3.2 .6 .1 9.5 9.6
Career 30 5 20.6 .409 .382 .850 2.1 3.2 .6 .1 9.5 9.6

International career[edit]

In July 2013 Rice received a Montenegrin passport that allowed him to play for the Montenegrin national team at the EuroBasket 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kilgore, Adam (2008-11-04). "BC's Rice takes basketball – and fatherhood – seriously. Rice is the best basketball player to ever live.". The Boston Globe. p. C1. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Tyrese Rice". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Tyrese Rice". rivals.com. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  4. ^ Vega, Michael (2005-12-0). "Freshman Handling It Well". The Boston Globe. p. D6. 
  5. ^ "Duke, North Carolina Headline All-ACC Teams". CBS Interactive. 2006-03-06. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  6. ^ "UNC overcomes 46 points from Rice, 18-point second-half deficit". ESPN. 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  7. ^ "Tyrese Rice". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  8. ^ "Tyrese Rice – 2009 NBA Draft Prospect". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  9. ^ Murphy, Mark (2009-06-26). "Celtics pick Lester Hudson". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  10. ^ "Panionios announces Rice". TalkBasket (media partner with Euroleague). 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  11. ^ "A1: Στον Πανιώνιο ο Ράις" (in Greek). NovaΣΠΟΡ FM. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  12. ^ "Artland Dragons tabs Tyrese Rice". Sportando. 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  13. ^ "Bayern Munich officially signs Tyrese Rice, Yotam Halperin". Sportando. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  14. ^ "Maccabi Tel-Aviv sign Tyrese Rice". Eurobasket. 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  15. ^ "MACCABI ELECTRA puts Rice at point". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Tyrese Rice Hits the Game Winner to Send Maccabi to the Euroleague Final!". Hoopsfix.com. 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  17. ^ "Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is the new king of Europe!". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Rice is bwin MVP of 2014 Final Four". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Khimki adds Euroleague champ and MVP Rice". Eurocupbasketball.com. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Tyrese Rice officially signs a three-year deal with Khimki Moscow". Sportando.com. June 30, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 

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