CHAMPAIGN - Former Centennial star Rayvonte Rice will make a campus visit to Illinois this weekend.
Rice will be in C-U and on campus tonight through Sunday, he said today. The 6-foot-4 guard is transferring after two seasons at Drake. As a sophomore he averaged 16.5 points and 5.7 rebounds and was the third-leading scorer in the Missouri Valley Conference.
His mom, Rhonda Rice, said today that Rayvonte took a visit to Xavier last weekend. He has been a hot commodity for programs looking to add a versatile scorer. Other schools currently in the mix include Memphis and Marquette, though other schools could get involved.
Head coach John Groce and the current Illinois staff is familiar with Rice, having recruited him at Ohio University. Rice would sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He would have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Rice was named the 2010 News-Gazette State Player of the Year. He remains the leading scorer in Champaign-Urbana boys basketball history and averaged 23.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.9 steals as a senior at Centennial. He holds the school's single-season records for points (814) and the career records in scoring (1,810 points).
Look for more on Rayvonte Rice in Friday's News-Gazette.