"They're fired up, Rodney's fired up," Mayde Creek coach Ojay Heil said. "It's good for Rodney and it's good for them. Everyone is happy."
Rice is the perfect fit for the young man who carries a 4.2 GPA.
"I talked to Rodney the other day and he'd gone for a visit and he just talked to the coaches and they gave him the scoop about what Rice is all about and what he could for the program," Heil said. "He's really into academics too. For him, this is the best of two worlds. Being at Rice and being able to play basketball too, he just couldn't pass that up."
And Rice couldn't pass on him. He was named the Katy Times Player of the Year. He shot 88% from the line as a junior. He was 7th in the Houston area in scoring and was an all-district player.
"He's such a quality guy. He really likes the Rice coaching staff and the school. They were really honest with him and that was a plus."
And there's more. This might not be Rice's only foray into Mayde Creek this year. The Owls are aggressively recruiting teammate Matt Wheaton. You can bet Rice's plan is to try and sign both of them next season. "You know, they would like that," Heil said. "I think they've got two or three more scholarships and they need a wingman. Matt's taken an unofficial visit just like Rodney did."