Rice To Take Two Visits

Tyrese Rice replaced UAB, East Tennessee State and Akron with a pair of ACC schools. The 6-foot guard out of Richmond (Va.) L.C. Bird is set to take a pair of officials in the next week.

My how things are changing with Tyrese Rice. The point guard out of Richmond's Bird High is now one of the hottest commodities on the East Coast. He's replaced UAB, East Tennessee State and Akron with Wake Forest and Boston College and he's about to hit the visit circuit.

Rice leaves for Boston College on Thursday for his official visit with the Eagles. Upon returning from B.C. he'll take the trip to Wake Forest.

Some close to Rice think the Deacons have the inside track. Rice agrees, to a point, but he's keeping an open mind.

"Actually, they're pretty much similar but the thing that puts Wake on top is that they already fit the style I like," Rice said. "B.C. has the two big men, so they're going to slow it down and play a little half court. That could help but it also might not show as much as I could do."

One thing that Rice is factoring is playing time. He wants the rock and he'd like to have it early. "If not put the ball in my hands the first year, I'd like to get it in my hands to let it go in the future."

Rice expected this kind of attention to come his way as long as he remained patient. "I was just waiting. I figured that if I had a great year schools would come out. I pretty much had to prove that I could play on the higher level."

As a senior, Rice went for 27 points a game. He averaged just over three 3-pointers each time he took the court. During one contest, Rice went off for 9 3-pointers.

At 6-feet tall, he's got point guard size and a scoring guard's game behind the arc. "The only person that wants me to come in and play some two [guard] is Boston College. I'm most comfortable at the point."

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