Rice considered a top transfer

Rayvonte Rice had a solid debut Thursday night in Illinois’ exhibition opener against McKendree at the State Farm Center on the same day he was recognized by CBS Sports as one of the top 20 transfers in the country.

Hours before he scored 13 points on 4 for 8 shooting and 5 of 8 from the free throw line, the Drake transfer and Champaign Centennial product cracked Matt Norlander’s list of players eligible to suit up for new programs in the 2013-14 season.

The 6-foot-4 guard sat out last season per NCAA rules after transferring to his hometown.

Norlander says of Rice: “Physical guard who will give Illinois hope to be on the bubble this season. Rice can rebound, can score, is unafraid and probably just what John Groce needs this season, especially since Ahmad Starks’ transfer waiver was denied.”

Other players of note who made the list include former Indiana guard Maurice Creek, now at George Washington; former Missouri guard Michael Dixon (Memphis); former Penn State guard Jermaine Marshall (Arizona State); and former UNLV forward Mike Moser (Oregon).

Here’s a look at the complete list.

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