Almond Picks Rice; Owls Add Second Recruit
Coming out of the July period, one of the hot names was Morris Almond. Last weekend, Almond visited Rice and wasted little time in picking the Owls.
Over the last month or so, Virginia and Notre Dame had some work on him and Tulane hosted him for a visit. Rice had been on him since the Houston Kingwood Classic and moved swiftly to lock him down.
"He had it narrowed down to Rice, Virginia and Tulane," McEachern head coach Dave Westerfield said. "He just got back from his visit to Rice."
The Owls met a number of criteria that Almond wished for in a college. "One of the things that Morris and his family said all along was that they wanted to sign with someone with a good basketball program and they were in the Top 50 academically. That had a large part in it. Rice ranks way up there academically."
Morris is a terrific student, but he can flat out hoop too. His summer of 2002 was the breakout he needed nationally. "I could see it coming," Westerfield said. "He had a great year for us last year. We play in a good region and he led it in scoring with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Not that many people saw him during the season."
We first told you about Morris and his solid play at the April Boo Williams. "He does a lot of things well but he shoots it well, gets rid of it quick and has a lot of range," Westerfield said. "He plays the two and three and he's a 6-6 wing and that helps too."
Westerfield sounds like he'll be sorry to see the Georgia Stars standout move on. "He is such a great kid. Not only is he a good student and a good basketball player but he's a great kid. Rice got somebody special when they got Morris."
Actually, Rice landed two players this month. Oak Park (IL) Fenwick point guard Jason Okrzesik also committed to Rice. Okrzesik played for TABA Team Illinois this summer.