2009 NBA Draft

Tyrese Rice: NBA Draft Profile

MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 20:  Tyrese Rice #4 of the Boston College Eagles looks to pass the ball against against the USC Trojans during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 20, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
New England Sports Correspondent IMarch 31, 2009

"In the four years since he left his hometown of Chesterfield, Virginia, Tyrese Rice has grown from an unheralded prospect into one of the most feared scorers in the ACC.

As his offensive game has developed and become more advanced, his scoring numbers have increased drastically in each of the last two seasons.

What made last season so impressive for Rice was the fact that he averaged over 20 points per game as his Boston College team's only viable scoring option. Teams would key in on him, yet he would still put on a show on an almost nightly basis.

 

Yes, Rice’s frame is certainly a knock against him. At 6’0”, and 190 pounds, he is built solidly but is short even for the point guard position at the next level.

But what he lacks in size and length he certainly makes up for in speed and explosiveness. He has a tremendous first step and a great deal of creativity when he gets into the lane. He shows good leaping ability, though it is usually overlooked because he is so much shorter than the defenders he faces.

He can elevate with most players, but is already giving up so much as it is, he often has to take difficult shots.

The majority of Rice’s game is built around his outside shooting prowess. He has an excellent stroke and is deadly from the outside when he is able to get his feet set. While his 35.8 percent clip from beyond the arc may not jump off the page, that number doesn’t really reflect how good of a bomber Rice is.

According to Synergy Sports Technology, when Rice spots up and shoots without putting the ball on the floor, he shoots over 50 percent from the field; when he is forced to shoot coming off of screens or off the dribble, his percentages drop considerably. He has continued to develop his ability to shoot on the move, though, and is now incorporating a very good-looking left-handed floater that he can get off in the lane from almost any angle."

 

After watching Tyrese Rice during his career as an Eagle, I'm more upset about Tyrese's departure from the program than I have been about another player leaving in a long time. Yes, it was hard to swallow when Jared Dudley left. Sean Williams, not so much; in fact Eagles fans threw one giant party at Chapel Hill when Williams finally left.

But with Rice, things just seem different.

Maybe it’s the fact that no matter who he was playing with or against, there never seemed to be a more energetic player on the floor. Or maybe it’s the fact that as he was coming into his own as a player, the Eagles were losing other key players, and beginning a transition period.

But for whatever reason, Rice will always strike me as the perfect example of what it means to be a true Eagles basketball player. The never-give-up mentality and his fearless ability to drive to the rim against much bigger competition exhibited the most respected of BC qualities.

For me, that sort of determination is what has always defined Eagles basketball. It's all about heart, and Tyrese Rice displayed plenty of that in his time at the Heights.

 

As a projected second-round pick, Rice is going to have quite a bit to work on at the next level. At his listed stature (which, in my estimate, is probably a bit generous), Rice is going to have to polish his playmaking abilities a bit more and put less emphasis on his offense.

That's something that he never quite had the luxury of doing in his time with the Eagles.

As a BC Alum, and an Eagle until I die, I want to wish Tyrese the best of luck at the next level. Whichever team decides to take a chance on him in the second round will be getting 100 percent pure heart on the court.

 

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