Tyrese Rice (born May 15, 1987) is an American-Montenegrin professional basketball player for Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League and the Euroleague. He also represents the senior men's National Team of Montenegro. Rice played college basketball with the Boston College Eagles.
Early life and high school
Rice was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, to Allison Rice and Wayne Jefferson. His parents ended their relationship soon afterward. Rice attended L. C. Bird High School in Chesterfield, Virginia, and played on the school's basketball team. In his junior and senior seasons, he earned AAA All-State honors from the Virginia High School Coaches Association. In the 2004–05 season, he led his team to a school-record 29 wins and a Central Region title, their first ever. Rice averaged 27.0 points, 6.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game that season. He earned 2004–05 Associated Press (Virginia) Co-Player of the Year honors and was named (Richmond) Times-Dispatch Player of the Year.
Rice signed his letter of intent to play basketball at and attend Boston College on April 28, 2005. As a freshman (2005–06), Rice played in all 36 games, averaging 9.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He earned two ACC rookie honors: ACC Rookie of the Week on November 28, 2005 and was named to the ACC All-Freshman team. In his sophomore season (2006–07), Rice started all 33 games, averaging 36.6 minutes a game. He finished the season with stats of 17.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. Rice was named to the All-ACC second team, and garnered All-Tournament honors for that season's ACC tournament. In two NCAA tournament games, Rice averaged 24 points. A highlight of Rice's junior season (2007–08) was a career-high 46-point performance in a 90–80 home loss to North Carolina on March 1, 2008. He scored 34 points by halftime. Rice averaged 21.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. He again earned All-ACC honors, this time on the first team. In a scintillating senior year (2008–09), Rice experienced a dip in his scoring, averaging 16.9 points a game but improved in other statistical categories, averaging 3.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists a game. He scored 9 points in BC's only appearance of the 2009 NCAA tournament.
Rice went undrafted in the 2009 NBA draft; he had been projected to be selected in the second round or go undrafted. He then joined the Greek League club Panionios for the 2009–10 season.
Rice played for the Utah Jazz in the Orlando Pro Summer League and later with Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League in 2010. He was signed by the Artland Dragons for the 2010–11 season, a team in Germany's Basketball Bundesliga, the top league in the country.
On July 11, 2013, Rice signed a two-year contract with the Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv. In his first season with Maccabi, he won the EuroLeague, with him averaging 9.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds over 30 games. After beating favored Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano in a dramatic playoff series, Maccabi advanced to the EuroLeague Final Four. In the semifinal game, he was responsible for the 68–67 victory over CSKA Moscow by scoring the game-winner with 5.5 seconds left on the clock. In the championship final game against Real Madrid, he scored 26 points, leading his team to a sixth European title, after an overtime 98-86 victory. For such a performance, he was named the EuroLeague Final Four MVP.
On June 30, 2014, Rice signed a three-year deal with the Russian club Khimki. In the 2014–15 EuroCup season, he was named to the All-EuroCup First Team and selected the EuroCup season MVP. Khimki eventually won the EuroCup, and Rice was named the EuroCup Finals MVP.
On August 5, 2018, Rice returned to Germany for a third stint, signing a one-year deal with Brose Bamberg. With Bamberg, Rice played in the Basketball Champions League in which he was named the Most Valuable Player of the competition. He led Bamberg to the Final Four, where the team was defeated twice and thus ended in fourth place.
National team career
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|Denotes season in which Rice won the EuroLeague|
|2013–14||Maccabi Tel Aviv||IPL||36||20.0||.511||.359||.750||1.9||2.8||.8||.0||10.2|
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- "Tyrese Rice Hits the Game Winner to Send Maccabi to the Euroleague Final!". Hoopsfix.com. May 17, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- "Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is the new king of Europe!". Euroleague.net. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
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- "Khimki adds Euroleague champ and MVP Rice". Eurocupbasketball.com. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
- "Tyrese Rice officially signs a three-year deal with Khimki Moscow". Sportando.com. June 30, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
- "2014-15 All-Eurocup first, second teams announced". Eurocupbasketball.com. April 16, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
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- "Rice caps standout season as Eurocup Finals MVP". Eurocupbasketball.com. April 29, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
- "Tyrese Rice signs with Barça Lassa". fcbarcelona.com. July 26, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
- "Acuerdo para la desvinculación de Tyrese Rice | FC Barcelona". FC Barcelona (in Spanish). January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
- "Tyrese Rice signs with Shenzhen Leopards". Sportando.com. January 12, 2018. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
- "Brose Bamberg signs Tyrese Rice". Sportando.basketball. August 5, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
- "Panathinaikos signs Tyrese Rice". Sportando. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
- Tyrese Jammal RICE (MNE) participated in 1 FIBA / FIBA Zones events.