There were a number of talented prospects in attendance at Missouri's Elite Camp earlier this summer. ShowMeMizzou caught up with one of them in 2012 PG Dushaun Rice 6'0" 150 Fort Smith (AR) Northside, and he talked about his camp experience, his game, and the early stages of his recruitment.
"I really liked it," said Rice, of camping at Missouri. "I liked the gym, and the staff, and some of the players that I got to know when I was there."
Rice intimated that he met and spoke with Missouri sophomore guard, Mike Dixon.
He plays AAU ball for former Arkansas player, Dwight Stewart's Memphis YOMCA team. He reports a double figure scoring average, while garnering a handful each of assists and steals per game. According to Coach Stewart, Rice made a good impression on the Missouri coaches. He was referred to as "a great defender, with a great basketball IQ, and a tremendous ball player". Word from Coach Stewart is that Missouri "likes what they see" in Rice, and that they will be following him over the next several months.
Rice was one of several players I noticed right away at the Elite Camp. He's very quick, and was always applying solid defensive pressure on his opponents. He handles the ball very well, and seems to have a good understanding of how to play the game. He can go right or left, and finishes around the basket with either hand. His jump shot is solid at about 15 feet. The mechanics of his jumper should allow him to grow into an effective 3-PT shooter as he matures and develops more strength.
On the final morning of Missouri's Elite Camp, Rice was teamed up with Otto Porter on the Marcus Denmon coached team that utilized Missouri's full court pressure to mount an impressive comeback for a win. Rice scored the winning basket, taking a pass from Porter as he cut down the lane for a running one hander. Like Porter, Rice is a complete player with an old school flavor to his game. Rice talked about his approach to playing basketball.
"I really like to play defense," said Rice. "I like playing straight man up defense. Defense wins games............... One of my strengths (on offense) is my passing. I see the floor well, and I get everybody involved. One of the things I've been working on is my long range shooting. That's coming along so far."
Rice humbly agreed with my assessment that he's able to easily dribble past defenders.
"Yes sir," replied Dushaun. "I can do that with no problem. Either hand."
It's very early in Rice's recruitment, and he doesn't yet have any offers. So far, he's received recruiting information from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Missouri State, and Cleveland State, among others. Now, it's expected that he'll be hearing from Missouri, as well. Rice talked about the possibility of playing at Missouri.
"I like the style of play at Missouri," said Rice. "That's the perfect style for me............... I would have to say, so far, that Missouri is my (favorite)."
There's one other thing that I would add about Dushuan Rice. Not only is he a terrific young player, but he seems to me to be a genuinely quality young man.