Glen Rice Jr. isn't your typical NBA-draft applicant.
Rice was thrown off the Georgia Tech team following multiple off-the-court issues and violations. But instead of transferring schools, he chose an alternative route and stepping stone to the NBA.
Rice entered the D-League draft, got selected by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and went on to win a title as the team's catalyst down the stretch. He averaged 18 points, eight boards and 2.5 assists on 43 percent shooting from downtown in 25 starts before averaging 29 points, 11.5 boards and four assists in the finals.
Rice measured in at close to 6'6'' in sneakers, which gives him good size for a 2 but potential issues as a 3.
He got off the floor for a 40.5'' max vertical, showcasing the athleticism he puts to use in the open floor.
This ridiculous, high-flying, posterizing dunk highlights his athletic attributes in one play:
He's got the ability to finish over traffic and above the rim, which should allow him to get a few easy buckets every game. Check out how high he gets attacking the rim, while the defender gets a closeup look at Rice's knee.
He's always a threat for easy points in transition thanks to his mobility, athleticism and offensive aggression.
Though some have labeled him a tweener, Rice should be able to get minutes at both wing positions depending on the matchup.
Rice is an excellent knockdown shooter with NBA range. Most of his attempts come in spot-up opportunities where he catches and shoots with balance and rhythm.
This will be a big part of his game at the pro level, as it complements his ability to attack off the dribble and finish at the rim.
He's also capable of putting it on the floor and using a dribble to square himself up and regain his balance.
Rice is a shot-maker—he can make them spotting up from downtown, pulling up in the mid-range or fading away in the post. All he needs is the room to release.
Attacking and Finishing
Rice's athleticism allows him to finish at tough angles around the rim. He's able to elude defenders and challenging arms midair and adjust his body in order to make a contested opportunity an easy layup or dunk.
Rice is able to get to the basket with space in front of him, though creating that space isn't a strength. He uses pump fakes and a first step to attack the rim and uses his momentum to finish above it or dexterity to convert around defenders.
Rice's defense has been criticized, as his body language doesn't always suggest his motor is on full-blast. He's also not the quickest athlete. Staying in front of his man could be a concern at the next level.
Offensively, he lacks creativity off the dribble and doesn't necessarily project as an isolation scorer. Rice can attack the basket in line drives, but changing directions on the way isn't likely to happen.
Draft Breakdown and NBA Outlook
Glen Rice Jr. has earned first-round attention after torching former draft picks and NBA players in the D-League. Teams believe the competition in the D-League is a step up from Division I college basketball.
Decision-makers will check up with his coaching staff from the Vipers to make sure he checks out after his problems at Georgia Tech.
But given Rice's athleticism and NBA-caliber skill set for a wing, his upside could allow a team to reach early in this draft. He's got the ceiling to start at the pro level if he maintains his shooting stroke, steps up on defense and adds to his off-the-dribble game on offense.
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