Maureece Rice Signed to 76ers Training Camp

Thursday, the Philadelphia 76ers announced the team signed former George Washington shooting guard Maureece Rice to a free agent contract for the preseason training camp. An invitation was also extended to former Temple Owl Antywane Robinson.

Maureece Rice's final season with George Washington ended before the schedule was complete. He was dismissed from the team with two games left in the regular season for "failure to adhere to team rules." He had been suspended for two games earlier in the season. GW (9-17, 5-11) lost both games and didn't make the 2008 Atlantic 10 Conference championship tournament.

Rice, who broke Wilt Chamberlain's Philadelphia prep scoring record of 2,206 points with 2,681 at Strawberry Mansion H.S., averaged a team-best 15.8 points to go along with 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and a 1.18 assist / turnover ratio as junior. He was named to the A-10 All-Championship Team, the A-10 All-Conference Third Team, and to the NABC All-District 4 Second Team. In 2005-06, Rice was named the A-10 Sixth Man of the Year.

This past season, Rice was called on to play the point guard position following a season-ending injury to sophomore Travis King. King was groomed to be GW's point guard in the tradition of four-year starters Carl Elliott (2004-07) and T.J. Thompson (2000-2003).

Rice was the Colonials' third leading scorer last season with 9.2 ppg. He averaged 2.7 rpg and 2.7 apg and had an a/to ratio of 1.62. But his shooting accuracy dropped from 44.9 percent, 43.0% from 3-point range as a junior, to 34.5% overall, 32.4% on treys in 2007-08.

Antwayne Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 210 pound forward from Charlotte, N.C. and Oak Hill Academy in Va., was an A-10 second teamer and the Big 5's Most Improved Player as a senior in 2005-06 when he averaged 12.7 points and 5.0 rebounds. He spent '06-07 with Sioux Falls in the NBA Development League and for three games last season before joining a team in France.

The Sixers also invited Andre Emmett ('04), Texas Tech's all-time scoring leader with 2,256 points; Justin Reed ('04), Mississippi's first player in school history to earn All-SEC honors in all four seasons; and Iowa's Jared Reiner ('04) who previously played with the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks.

Nineteen (19) players will be in camp, from Sept. 30 through Oct. 5 at Penn State University, seeking to make the 12-man active roster.


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