OVERALL GRADE: A
Points Per Game: 15.9 (1st on the team)
Field Goal Percentage: 43.0% (5th)
Rebounds Per Game: 6.0 (t-1st)
Steals Per Game: 1.7 (1st)
Not only did Rice lead the team in points, rebounds (tied with Egwu), and steals, he was named an honorable mention for the All-Big Ten team. He also provided the Fighting Illini with several big plays over the course of the season.
There’s no doubt the Rice was a huge offensive weapon for the Fighting Illini this season. He started the year with a streak of sixteen games where he scored in double figures. For the season as a whole, he failed to reach double figures just four times in total.
Illinois fans hope to see another productive season from Rayvonte Rice next year. The biggest improvement that will need to be made by Rice this offseason is the development of his overall confidence. There were too many times where he let poor shooting hurt his confidence. He will need to develop a sense of “forgetfulness” when it comes to periods of poor shooting.
Rice needs to be the player that the Illini can look towards to take the last second game winning shots.
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