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Rayvonte Rice remains loyal to Drake

Posted on: August 29, 2011 12:50 pm

By Jeff Borzello

Drake head coach Mark Phelps had to fight off several high-major schools for Rayvonte Rice when he came out of high school.

The past few months, Phelps unexpectedly had to do the same thing.

“We had to fight off some unscrupulous people here in the offseason to keep him,” Phelps said.

Rice averaged 13.8 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Bulldogs during his freshman campaign, leading major-conference schools to make a run at him.

“It’s what happens in college basketball,” Phelps said. “Every time a guy has a good year at this level, there’s indirect contact from other places. You know, people saying, ‘If you were to transfer, so and so would be interested.’ And it spreads like wildfire.”

In some cases, the player listens to the hype and makes the move to a bigger conference for the rest of his college career. Brandon Reed went from Arkansas-Little Rock to Georgia Tech two years ago, while Brandon Wood recently moved from Valparaiso to Michigan State for his fifth year.

To Rice’s credit, he never entertained the idea of leaving Drake.

“It was never initiated by him, it was innuendo and rumor,” Phelps said. “He was true the whole time. Every time it came up, he would squash it. ‘Coach, this is my place, this is where I want to be.’ We put out the little fires, so it was never a threat.”

If Drake is to make a run in the Missouri Valley this season, Rice will be the key factor. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard averaged more than 20 points per game on the preseason trip to Australia, leading the team in scoring. He uses his strength to score going to the rim, but he also shot better than 40 percent from 3-point range last season.

Phelps is confident his go-to-guy could play in any league.

“He’s better than the Valley,” Phelps said.

Fortunately for Phelps, Rice will continue to show that while in a Bulldog uniform.

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Category: NCAAB

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:32 am

Rayvonte Rice remains loyal to Drake

Brandon Reed went to Arkansas State

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:20 pm

Rayvonte Rice remains loyal to Drake

I agree.  It's been awhile since the MVC had that caliber and crop of players.  However, there is young talent in the league that has shown they can play at any level (not that the MVC is chopped liver by any stretch):  Doug McDermott, Greg Echenique, Jake Odum, Rayvonte Rice, Colt Ryan, etc can be the next wave of Kyle Korver, Ben Jacobsen, Blake Ahern, Nate Funk, Osiris Eldridge, Anthony Tolliver, Jamaal Tatum, etc and take the MVC back to where it was doing best...Being a major thorn in the side of BCS leagues.

Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 6:34 pm

Rayvonte Rice remains loyal to Drake

The Valley (MVC) needs More players like Rayvonte Rice.  He is an excellent SG and it's refreshing to 
hear about his integrity and loyalty.  More top players should emulate his good example.

Congrats to Rayvonte, Coach Phelps, and to the Drake Bulldog program.


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