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Glen Rice, Jr.

Glen Rice, Jr.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY (D-LEAGUE)/GEORGIA TECH
Year: N/A
Position: Shooting Guard
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 211 lbs.
Editor’s Note: Throughout the month of June, Timberwolves.com will profile a series of prospects that could be available at Minnesota’s No. 9 or 26 picks, or if they choose to move up during the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27. Part XI showcases Glen Rice, Jr., who could become the first D-League player selected in the first round.



Mark Remme
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Mock Draft Projections: 1st round, picks 24 through 30

2012-13 Season (D-League): 13.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.7 BPG, .491 FG%, .385 3FG%, .752 FT%
2011-12 Season (Ga. Tech): 13.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.9 BPG, .457 FG%, .346 3FG%, .606 FT%
2010-11 Season (Ga. Tech): 12.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.4 BPG, .418 FG%, .333 3FG%, .637 FT%
2009-10 Season (Ga. Tech): 5.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.5 BPG, .439 FG%, .467 3FG%, .558 FT%

Glen Rice, Jr., has the opportunity to make history on June 27. If he is selected in the first round—and most current mock drafts suggest he will be—he’d become the first D-League player taken in the first round of an NBA Draft in league history.

It wasn’t the road Rice planned on taking, but it would solidify he did make the right moves following a series of mishaps during his time at Georgia Tech that ultimately ended with him being dismissed from the team in 2012. But Rice responded by entering the D-League Draft where he was selected in the fourth round by Rio Grande Valley, then worked his way into the lineup after spending half the season logging limited minutes. By the end of the year, he was averaging 27.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game as the Vipers won the league title.

Now, Rice is projected to go somewhere between 24 and 30 in this year’s NBA Draft. If he does, he’ll bring a body of work that includes ACC basketball mixed with a year battling older, more mature players in the D-League. That’s something he’s using to his advantage in his Draft workouts, including a stop in Minnesota on June 18.

“The fact that the 3-point line is the same as the NBA, the guys are bigger and better, the game tempo is a little faster,” Rice said. “I think that’s the main thing.”

Rice will bring a combination of scoring and length that has helped him on the defensive end. He averaged 13.0 points per game last year to go along with 6.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks. He nabbed 1.5 steals per game during his second season with Georgia Tech.

As far as getting to know the Wolves’ coaching staff and the team’s atmosphere during his stop in Minnesota, Rice said the energy was high and he enjoyed his time getting to know the organization.

But wherever he goes, he’s excited to know he has a shot at hearing his named called in the first round.

“It’d be pretty fun [to play in Minnesota], but at this point you’d just like to play anywhere,” he said.

STRENGTHS

Rice has the physical tools to make the jump to the next level. He’s got size at 6-foot-6, and he’s very aggressive from the perimeter. He has a nice shooter’s touch from the outside and is able to drain 3-pointers, which was evident in his 38.5 percent 3-point shooting for Rio Grande Valley last year. He looks very comfortable with his shot coming off screens and in catch and shoot situations. When he does drive, he has the ability to get to the rim and finish. He’s got long strides when he gets ready to elevate, and he covers a lot of ground in his last two steps. That makes him able to score in traffic. Since he played a year in the D-League, he’s comfortable shooting from NBA 3-point range and can hit corner 3s very well. He elevated his game during the D-League postseason and helped the Vipers win the league championship. At the collegiate and D-League levels, he did showcase the ability to generate steals and blocks defensively at a decent rate. From a personal standpoint, his father, Glen Sr., was a three-time All-Star and played 14 seasons in the NBA—winning an NBA title in 2000 with the Lakers.

WEAKNESSES

The biggest question surrounding Rice is how much he’s matured since leaving Georgia Tech. He had no issues during his time in the D-League, but teams will need to decide if that’s enough of a sample size moving forward. Rice is adamant he has matured since his days with the Yellow Jackets, and he’s proven than with his actions over the past year. On the court, Rice admits defensively he’ll need to continue improving his skills to compete at the next level. Keeping opponents in front of him in his perimeter defense is one key, as is getting back in transition D. He will need to hone his ability to finish with his off hand, and he can also work on his shot selection at the next level.

THEY SAID IT

"It'd be exciting. I'd be ecstatic, just to know all the hard work paid off. Like you said, the route isn't conventional, but I'd just be extremely happy. More than words can express." — Rio Grande Valley SG Glen Rice, Jr.

WHAT HE CAN BRING TO THE WOLVES

Rice has the height and frame you’re looking for in a shooting guard, which certainly helps on the offensive end. His best attribute is his shooting ability, and with a team like Minnesota he would likely get open looks at a pretty consistent rate. The way he hit from 3-point range during his lone season with Rio Grande Valley will likely pique teams’ interests. You’ve got to appreciate the way he can attack the rim, and he’s got potential not only from a physical standpoint but also from his family’s NBA background. The challenges he’ll face is trying to transition into playing defense at the NBA level, particularly being able to contain top-notch 2-guards on a nightly basis.

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Time Draft Picks

Year
Player
Pos.
School
Rd / Pick
Ht / Wt
Class
2012
Robbie Hummel
F
Purdue
2 / 58
6'8" / 215
Sr
2011
Derrick Williams
F
Arizona
1 / 2
6'8" / 248
So

Donatas Motiejunas
F/C
Italy
1 / 20
7'0" / 222
Int'l
2010
Wesley Johnson
G/F
Syracuse
1 / 4
6'7" / 215
Jr
Luke Babbitt
F
Nevada
1 / 16
6'9" / 225
So
Trevor Booker
F
Clemson
1 / 23
6'8" / 240
Sr
Paulo Prestes
C
Brazil
2 / 45
6'11" / 260
Int'l
Hamady Ndiaye
C
Rutgers
2 / 56
7'0" / 235
Sr
2009
Ricky Rubio
G
Spain
1 / 5
6'4" / 180
Int'l

Jonny Flynn
G
Syracuse
1 / 6
6'0" / 185
So

Ty Lawson
G
North Carolina
1 / 18
5'11" / 195
Jr

Wayne Ellington
G
North Carolina
1 / 28
6'4" / 200
Jr

Nick Calathes
G
Florida
2 / 45
6'6" / 194
So

Henk Norel
F
Netherlands
2 / 47
6'10" / 230
Int'l
2008
OJ Mayo
G
USC
1 / 3
6'4" / 200
Fr
Nikola Pekovic
C
Montenegro
2 / 31
6'11" / 265
Int
Mario Chalmers
G
Kansas
2 / 34
6'1" / 190
Jr
2007
Corey Brewer
F
Florida
1 / 7
6'9" / 185
Jr

Chris Richard
F
Florida
2 / 41
6'9" / 255
Sr
2006
Brandon Roy
G
Washington
1 / 6
6'6" / 215
Sr

Craig Smith
F
Boston College
2 / 36
6'7" / 250
Sr

Bobby Jones
F
Washington
2 / 37
6'7" / 215
Sr

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
F
Greece
2 / 57
6'11" / 260
Int'l
2005
Rashad McCants
G
North Carolina
1 / 14
6'4" / 207
Jr

Bracey Wright
G
Indiana
2 / 47
6'3" / 210
Jr
2004
Blake Stepp
G
Gonzaga
2 / 58
6'4" / 194
Sr
2003
Ndudi Ebi
F
Westbury Christian H.S.
1 / 26
6'9" / 195
HS

Rick Rickert
F
Minnesota
2 / 55
6'11" / 215
So
2002
Marcus Taylor
G
Michigan State
2 / 52
6'3" / 195
So
2001
Loren Woods
C
Arizona
2 / 46
7'1" / 245
Sr
2000
Igor Rakocevic
G
Yugoslavia
2 / 51
6'2" / 184
Int
1999
Wally Szczerbiak
F
Miami (Ohio)
1 / 6
6'7" / 244
Sr

William Avery
G
Duke
1 / 14
6'2" / 180
So

Louis Bullock
G
Michigan
2 / 42
6'2" / 180
Sr
1998
Rasho Nesterovic
C
Slovenia
1 / 17
7'0" / 248
Int

Andrae Patterson
F
Indiana
2 / 46
6'9" / 240
Sr
1997
Paul Grant
C
Wisconsin
1 / 20
7'0" / 245
Sr

Gordon Malone
F
West Virginia
2 / 44
6'11" / 215
Jr
1996
Ray Allen
G
Connecticut
1 / 5
6'5" / 205
Jr
1995
Kevin Garnett
F
Farragut Academy H.S.
1 / 5
6'11" / 220
HS

Mark Davis
F
Texas Tech
2 / 48
6'7" / 210
Sr

Jerome Allen
G
Pennsylvania
2 / 49
6'4" / 184
Sr
1994
Donyell Marshall
F
Connecticut
1 / 4
6'9" / 220
Jr

Howard Eisley
G
Boston College
2 / 30
6'3" / 180
Sr
1993
Isaiah Rider
G
UNLV
1 / 5
6'5" / 215
Sr

Sherron Mills
F
Virginia Commonwealth
2 / 29
6'9"
Sr
1992
Christian Laettner
F
Duke
1 / 3
6'11" / 235
Sr

Marlon Maxey
F
UTEP
2 / 28
6'8" / 250
Sr

Chris Smith
G
Connecticut
2 / 34
6'3" / 191
Sr

Tim Burroughs
F
Jacksonville
2 / 51
6'8"
Sr
1991
Luc Longley
C
New Mexico
1 / 7
7'2" / 265
Sr/Int

Myron Brown
G
Slippery Rock
2 / 34
6'3" / 180
Sr
1990
Felton Spencer
C
Louisville
1 / 6
7'0" / 265
Sr

Gerald Glass
G
Mississippi
1 / 20
6'6" / 221
Sr
1989
Pooh Richardson
G
UCLA
1 / 10
6'1" / 186
Sr

Gary Leonard
C
Missouri
2 / 34
7'1" / 246
Sr

Doug West
G
Villanova
2 / 38
6'6" / 200
Sr

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