But there is an unsung hero of this tremendously successful basketball team -- Randy Battle, listed at 6-foot-6, and 210 pounds. Battle, an inside forward, who can sprinkle in a medium range jumper, is one of the big reasons why the Raiders will challenge Mount Vernon tonight in the New York Federation playoffs in Glens Falls, New York.
If Rice is able to slip past Mount Vernon, then the Raiders will face Lincoln High School on Saturday night for the title.
For Rice to be successful, its guards have to be effective. But it's also more likely that Randy Battle will be in the mix in helping the Rice basketball program be successful.
In our last personal view of Battle (against Holy Cross at Holy Trinity High School in a semifinal CHSAA playoff game), Randy continued to impress us with his ability to battle big bodies inside the paint. He also had a couple of medium range jumpers off a post up move.
Battle scored 14 points that night against Holy Cross, helping his team advance to the final against Christ The King. Rice won the final on a last second shot by Kemba Walker to advance to tonight's game against Mount Vernon.
Rice will need Battle to have another solid game. It's what Randy does so well. He just does his job. He puts his hard hat on and battles around the basket.
Good basketball programs are usually successful because they have some great talent. But great basketball programs like Rice High School of New York City maintain its excellence because players like Battle do their job consistently and effectively -- and usually without much public mention. The senior is recognized today by this website as being a very valuable member of the Raiders program.