Players in Review: Maureece Rice

Friday, April 17, 2009

The BayHawks playoff performance was mostly forgettable, but Maureece Rice’s performance was one of the few memorable aspects. The 6-1 guard out of George Washington scored a team-high 33 points, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range while dishing out 7 assists in 42 minutes of play.

Rice finished the year second on the team in scoring at 18.7 points per game, second in three-point percentage (minimum of 50 attempts) at 37.9 percent, and second in free throw percentage at 85 percent.

The playoff performance against Colorado certainly highlighted Rice’s strengths. He’s got a knack for getting to the rim, which he complements with a pretty consistent stroke from the outside. He’s powerful with the ball with a physical build somewhere between that of Jameer Nelson and Deron Williams.

Rice will hopefully get a look from an NBA team this offseason. The biggest area of concern has to be his assist-to-turnover ratio, which was just under 2:1 for the year. His ability to score and stretch the defense are strengths, but if he can raise that assist number, he’ll have a legit shot at catching on as a point guard in a regular NBA rotation.

BayHawks fans would selfishly love to bring Mo back to lead the team next year, but if it’s not in the cards, he’ll be remembered fondly as the engine that helped this team battle into the playoffs in its first NBDL season.


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Blog Talk BayHawk is an unofficial Erie BayHawks blog covering the NBA D-League. It features opinions and information about the NBADL and the Erie BayHawks. Blog Talk BayHawk is written from a basketball fan’s perspective to fill In the gaps left by professional journalists’ coverage of BayHawks basketball and the Erie professional basketball scene.

Matt Hubert is a 25-year-old writer and basketball fanatic born and raised in Erie, Pa. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in English and a dual concentration in writing and creative writing. Matt's not wavering from his stance as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, but he will cover the BayHawks' NBA affiliates in Cleveland and Toronto when it makes sense to do so throughout the year.

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