4 - Tyrese Rice

6-0, 190 Point Guard
Boston College Senior
04/15/87 (33.5 yrs)
Richmond, VA
High School
LC Bird
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Mo Williams

Strengths: Explosive scorer … Lighting quick first step … Excellent ball-handler … Crafty penetrator; uses a good mix of quickness and hesitation moves to get into the lane … Devestating crossover dribble … Once in the paint, relies on his feathery floater to finish over taller defenders … Streaky outside shooter who can get hot at any time … Underrated spot-up shooter … Quick release on shot … Crisp passer … Good floor vision … Excels at driving and dishing… Uncanny in the open court, blinding speed … Relishes the big moments, never afraid to take the big shots … Extremely confident, never intimidated … Has consistently shown that he thrives against the nation’s top competition … Fiery competitor … Gets his points on solid efficiency despite being keyed in on by opposing defenses … Quick hands, averaged over a steal a game the past three seasons … Like almost all Al Skinner recruits, is a hard worker and has a great work ethic … Terrific leader … 85% free throw shooter …

Weaknesses: At 6-0, lacks ideal size … Doesn’t have the elite athleticism to make up for that lack of size … Although he has a decent frame at 190 lbs, not particularly strong … Inconsistent shooter off the dribble … Doesn’t get much vertical on his jumpshot … Lacks focus on the defensive end … Not a great team defender … Despite solid floor vision, still not in the mold of a pure point guard … Has a habit of settling for tough shots from the perimeter … Over dribbles at times … Can be a bit of a ball-stopper on offense … Has tendency to force action and take poor shots … Must learn how to run an offense more efficiently … Turns the ball over too much for an NBA point-guard, but to Rice’s credit, he was the only ball-handler on a BC team that was otherwise devoid of capable point guards …

Notes: All-ACC First Team in 2007-08 … All-ACC Second Team in 2008-09 … Scored 34 points in the first half against North Carolina on 3/1/08, finished with 46 … Finished his four year career as BC’s fifth all-time leader in points…

Jon Pastuszek – 6/7/2009

Strengths: An explosive scorer, and a natural born leader … A blur in the open court … Very difficult to guard one-on-one because of a deadly first step … A crafty ball handler who attacks the rim at any given chance … Converts high degree of difficulty shots on a regular basis … Included in his repertoire is a floater that he uses to perfection to score over post players on drives to the basket … Can singlehandedly score at will as he showed against highly ranked North Carolina putting up 34 of his career-high 46 points in the first half, 23 of which coming in first 7 minutes … He’s "conscience-less" … Averages a decent amount of assists at 5.1/gm, but certainly his forte is scoring … Solid at penetrating and dishing to open teammates … Terrific free-throw shooter at 85% … Rice is a tremendous leader who has taken many of his younger BC teammates under his wing … Thrives in taking the team on his shoulders and carrying them in close games … Has gained solid experience playing in a tough ACC conference … Plays with high amount of energy and keeps defenses honest with his relentless attacking … Wasn’t highly recruited nor a top 100 prospect out of high school but like many BC players before him (Craig Smith, Jared Dudley etc), through hard work has become a legit NBA prospect … Has put on 20+ pounds since High School and has gained the necessary strength to guard bigger players … His body type is deceptive as he is more agile and athletic than he appears …

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal PG size. At 6-0, he is somewhat of a liability on defense … Needs to make defense a higher priority … Can sometimes force plays that aren’t there … A better scorer than shooter. Doesn’t shoot a great percentage from three-point (35%), solid jump shot and range but would benefit to learn how to pick his spots better. Despite the aforementioned uncanny ability to hit difficult shots, his percentage from behind the arc would greatly benefit by improving his shot selection … Improving his 3p% would certainly enhance his draft status … Needs to improve on pure point guard skills to maximize his potential … Has shown he can score on anyone but needs to prove he can run an offense more proficiently (granted defenses key on him and many of his teammates are young and below average by ACC standards) … If he’s able to balance both scoring and point guard duties he has a chance of becoming a special player … Must cut down on turnovers, can at times over dribble the ball …

Notes: Despite a disappointing 2007-2008 season for the Golden Eagles, Rice Earned All-ACC First Team honors and was arguably the conference’s top point guard …

Derrick Brownson – 3/14/2008

YouTube Clip – 6/15/2009