Feb 26, 2014; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Rayvonte Rice (24) brings the ball down court during the first half against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball: 2013-14 Report Card – Rayvonte Rice


OVERALL GRADE: A

KEY STATS
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)
Who else did you expect to get the top grade here? It’s no surprise that Rayvonte Rice earns our top mark as we begin to review Illinois’ players from the 2013-14 season. Rice, in his first season at Illinois, put together one of the better seasons in recent Illini history.

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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