Rice Guard Has Division One Interest

Reporter Brian Towey spoke to Rice High School head coach Maurice Hicks about his junior guard Chris Fouch ...

Whether it is with his Rice High School team or a talent-laden Gauchos group, Chris Fouch has never been the top offensive option, or the head-turning focus. But with his recent shooting bender, the 6-foot shooting guard and junior is forcing college coaches, and the otherwise disinclined, to take a look.

Fouch scored 29 points, including eight three-pointers, in Rice's 90-60 rout of St. Raymond's on Sunday. This comes on the heels of a strong performance at the Academy National Invitational in Houston, Texas, where Rice went 2-1, and he logged games of six and three three-pointers.

Do his recent exploits surprise coach Mo Hicks? Not a bit.

"I think Chris is a major player and very important to the success of our team," said Hicks. "I think he's the type of kid that's gone under the radar as far as colleges are concerned.

"I think a lot of major schools- even in the area- are overlooking his talent level. I don't know what they're looking for, but I can tell you from being around him in practice every day. I don't know how many people around the country can shoot the ball as accurately as he does."

Fouch's recent play has borne this out. He shot 6-for-14 from behind the arc in an overtime loss to nationally-ranked Norcross High School of Georgia in Texas, leading Norcross coach Eddie Martin to shake his head incredulously at his team's inability to contain Fouch.

The slender guard brought that swagger back with him up North for this weekend's CHSAA match-up with rival St. Raymond's.

The Bronx native has drawn feelers from Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Albany, Marist, and St. John's.

On one of Hicks' youngest teams in recent memory, the play of Fouch and another junior, defensive catalyst Kemba Walker, will be crucial. Teaming with a pair of precocious and gifted sophomores in wing Durand Scott and combo guard Lamont "Mo-Mo" Jones, they'll provide an extremely solid core for the next two years.

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