Alexander Rice Getting Better Situated at Mater Dei Prep

Alexander Rice made a good impression with his new high school Mater Dei at the Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase. The class of 2019 guard liked getting acclimated with his team at a big time event.

“It was good to get out there and get back in the swing of things,” said Rice. “It’s great to play against talented teams this early in the year. It was great to play together and run our stuff out there. We are still getting used to each other so events like this really help us out.”

Rice had the opportunity play under legendary high school coach Bob Hurley before St. Anthony’s closed down last year, forcing Rice to transfer

The transition to Mater Dei has been a smooth one for Rice thus far.

“I really like the guys on the team, we’ve known each other before from AAU and various events so it’s been a pretty easy transition for me,” he said.

He has been a high level shooter for quite some time, but Rice has added a lot to his game from last year to make him more than just a shooter.

“I think last year I was just a spot up shooter, but now I can score the ball better with one dribble pull ups, getting in the lane and getting my teammates shots,” Rice said. “I’ve just been working on being a well rounded player.”

He has received a lot of attention from the recruiting front recently as he went on visits, picked up offers and a lot of interest.

“This past summer I went on visits to Stanford and North Carolina,” he said. “I just received an offer from Tulane and Ivy League schools like Yale, UPenn and Princeton have been recruiting me hard.”

His father, King Rice, is the Head Coach at Monmouth University, but is also known for playing at UNC. Rice enjoyed visiting his father’s old stomping grounds this past summer.

“It was a really cool experience for me, it was a lot of fun,” said Rice. “My Dad showed me the places that he and my Mom used to go on campus. It was a special weekend because I got to see what he went through at UNC.”

Heading into his junior year Rice has his sights set on a couple of goals.

“I want to win another shore conference championship and make a run in the state tournament,” he said. “I just want to have a really good season by playing within the system.”

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