Rice named team's Most Outstanding Player

Published 04/14 2014 10:06PM

Updated 04/14 2014 10:40PM

Champaign, Ill. - Champaign-native Rayvonte Rice was named the team's Most Outstanding Player at the Illinois basketball banquet Monday night at the I-Hotel in Champaign.  Rice led the team in scoring and ranked eighth in the Big Ten with nearly 16 points per game.  The Centennial grad and Drake transfer carried his team offensively, scoring in double figures 31 times. 

"[The award] means a lot," Rice said.  "First of all I wouldn't be here without my teammates and them putting me in those situations to help me be effective during the game.  I'm just going to give all the praise to them and to coach for recognizing me."

Rice was also near the Top 10 in the league in rebounding and sixth in the conference in steals.

"He earned it," said head coach John Groce.  "He impacted the game on the offensive end as well as on the defensive end and rebounding the ball.  Nnanna [Egwu] won the Rebounding Award but beat [Rice] by one total rebound."

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