The guards are terrific for Rice -- Kemba Walker, Chris Fouch, Durand Scott, and Lamont Jones. But there are other members of this team that are very valuable. And this past Sunday one was honored due to his hard work.
Randy Battle, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward was a big factor in helping Rice race away from Niagara Falls. He was honored with the Most Valuable Player (see picture).
Battle scored 13 points, worked hard on the boards, got his hands in the passing lanes several times to deflect balls, and is an invaluable member of the Rice High School team.
Randy is a player worth a look by division one programs. While some of his work is not reflected in the nightly boxscore, his coaches and teammates appreciate the job he does.
"He had a big game for us," said Rice High School Maurice Hicks right after Battle was given the MVP trophy. "We're happy for him. He deserves it."
Rice continues to play one of the toughest schedules in the country. This is terrific for Battle, as he competes nightly against some of the best high school talent.
While his name isn't in the limelight like such players as Walker and Jones and Scott, for one day Battle was truly recognized for his value as a member of the Rice basketball team.