Rice Senior Preparing For The Next Level

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides an update on the status of Shane Southwell, the talented Rice High School senior prospect who is hoping to help lead his team to another state title ...

Shane Southwell, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward out of Rice High School in New York, N.Y., is focused on helping his team win another state championship this season. He's also making sure he prepares himself properly so he can be an impact player on the college level starting next season.

"I talk to the coaches from time to time," he said. "We talk about how to improve my game, what I'm doing and how the season and practices are going."

Southwell plays for one of the top basketball programs in the country, Rice, a team that is always rich with talent from the New York City area.

"There's plenty of competition no matter where you play," Southwell said. "It prepares you for playing against the best players during the year."

Shane, who previously had transferred from All Hallows High School in the Bronx to Rice High School in Manhattan, was a big part of helping the Raiders claim a title last season. He became eligible in January of 2009 for Rice.


A long, slender wing, the ambidextrous Southwell has point forward-type skills, with excellent vision and playmaking ability. Southwell is able to survey the floor and find open mates or slash to the basket.


Southwell has committed to Kansas State. "What I liked best was the fact they want me two come in and play a combo guard role," he said. "I was comfortable with the coaching staff and players too."

Shane has been working on these skills over the past year and has made progress. "I'm working hard on moving the ball quickly, setting up teammates too."

He previously had recruiting interest from St. John's, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Marquette, West Virginia, South Florida, Providence, South Carolina, Seton Hall, and Miami of Florida.


My game has changed. I put on a couple of pounds. I think I gained some strength. My jump shot has gotten better. My defense has gotten way better. My whole game has gotten better."

-- Brian Towey contributed to this story

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