Glen Rice Jr. Gets Minnesota Attention

Glen Rice Jr., a 6-foot-4 guard from Marietta (GA) Walton, is making a name for himself this spring as he has moved up the rankings of the Class of 2009 and picked up several big scholarship offers, such as Minnesota. Rice averaged 25 points, six rebounds, 4.5 assists and four steals per game last year. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Rice's head coach, Joseph Goydish, to learn more.

Glen Rice was the Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Boys Basketball Player of the Year as he led Walton to a 17-10 mark this season, losing to Northview 56-55 in the regional tournament. Northview was led by Minnesota signee Ralph Sampson Jr.

Rice's father was a three-time NBA All-Star who spent 15 years in the pro league, was named MVP of the 1997 All-Star game and played for the 2000 world champion Los Angeles Lakers. The older Rice was an All-American at Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to the 1989 national championship and had his jersey number retired at the school. His 184 points scored in the NCAA tournament is an all-time record.

Walton head coach Joseph Goydish said that his standout has picked up several new offers.

"He has picked up offers from Minnesota, Georgia Tech and Alabama. Clemson is about ready to offer," Goydish said. "Marquette and South Carolina are interested. He is getting plenty of looks from the ACC and SEC."

Goydish said that Rice's recent play has led to his recruitment going through the roof.

"He was always slight, but his play has really picked up. He finds a way to score," Goydish said. "He can really score the ball and can pass. What sets him apart is his basketball IQ. He loves to dunk everything and he does not get his shot blocked. He dunked over top-five center DeMarcus Cousins, who is 6-foot-11. He is quick off the ground.

"He is a a really good shooter. He shoots the ball well. He really knows how to play the game."

Goydish said that Rice is still open in his recruitment.

"Miami, where his dad lives, is recruiting him hard. He has medium interest in all schools. He likes Georgia Tech and Clemson as the coaching staffs have been recruiting him for awhile," Goydish said.

"Now that he has shot up, he might want to wait and see. He is close to his mom and brother. I'm not sure how far away he would want to play. He wants to play in a big town and wants to play right away. He plans to take official visits in the fall."

Rice is an excellent student, according to Goydish.

"He has a 3.2 GPA and is good in the classroom. That's why Georgia Tech loves him."

Walton will play a tough schedule next year.

"We will play in the Farm Bureau Classic in Pikesville, Kentucky in December against Centennial. We will play in the MLK Classic against Raleigh Word of God and top guard John Wall," Goydish said. "We'll be in the Charlotte Showcase along with American (PA) and Centennial. We should be among the top five schools in the state along with perennial power Wheeler."

Rice averaged 18 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game as a sophomore starter.

G'Mitri Rice, Rice's younger brother, is a sophomore 6-foot-2 guard for the Raiders.

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