Clemson, SC-Lamar Rice, a 6-7, 215-pound forward from Flint, MI has
signed a national letter of intent with the Clemson men's basketball
program. Rice will enter Clemson as a junior after Christmas. He
sit out the second semester of this year, then participate for the
first time in 2003-04. He originally signed with Clemson last April.
Rice averaged 16 points and seven rebounds per game at Mott
Community College for Coach Steve Schmidt's team in Flint, MI last
season. He also shot 57 percent from the field and blocked 1.3 shots
per game. He had a high scoring game of 32 points, a high rebound
game of 12 caroms and a high blocked shot game of 11 deflections.
Rice helped Mott Community College to a 65-8 record over two
seasons, including a number-one ranking in the final NJCAA Division
II national poll in 2001-02. He was an all-conference, all-region
and all-state selection as a freshman and a sophomore. He was an
honorable mention Junior College All-American this past season. He
was named to the National Junior College All-Tournament team each of
the last two years.
Rice attended Flint Southwestern Academy High School in Flint, MI
prior to his junior college career.
"Lamar has the capabilities to be a three-position player for
us," said Head Coach Larry Shyatt. "He is 6-7 and 215 pounds, but
still has some maturing to do physically. He can play the two, three
or four positions. He gives us an athletic and graceful player on the
wing, who is similar to Jamar McKnight, except he is two inches
"We were impressed with his postseason performances,
especially in the national tournament."
Rice is the third signee in the class of newcomers for
2003-04. In November, Clemson signed 5-11 guard Vernon Hamilton of
Richmond, VA and 6-4 guard Jimmy Hudson of Eustis, FL.