When we were told to pick a Hall of Fame inductee who had already graduated, my immediate thought was Tyrese Rice. The small, gritty, left handed point guard was one of the first players that I knew of in the college game because of how closely my uncle followed the Eagles during that time.
Now playing for Barcelona, Rice was a staple of the last great BC basketball teams. Two years younger than Jared Dudley, the two formed a dynamic duo on the 2006-2007 team that went to the Sweet 16. While Rice was only a freshman, he averaged 9.3 points and 2.5 assists for Al Skinner. As he got older, his game developed, averaging no less than 17 points and five assists per game over his final three seasons.
Rice also led the Eagles to a few memorable upset victories in ACC play including 2009’s upset at number 1 and eventual national champion UNC and an upset of number 6 Duke at Conte.