Glen Rice, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard from Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia, was one of the top spring risers this season. Now, he's also one of the most sought after two guards in the Southeast.
Rice went from unranked to No. 56 overall in the class of 2009 after his play with the Georgia Stars AAU program this spring. The long-armed and versatile guard showed off his high level basketball IQ and good athleticism in front of a number of coaches. Rice said he tried to show different parts of his game in the process.
"I did pretty good, I guess," Rice said. "I showed that I could score and my defense stepped up a lot. I think it helps that I can show that I can get better at things. I think that's why schools are starting to recruit me more. I think it let's coaches know that I'm working at it.
"I am working on my jump shot more and working on getting to the hole more and getting fouled. I want to be able to score more from the free throw line."
Recruiting went from the mid-major sphere to the high-major category in a snap of a finger. Rice said he has been busy looking at the schools looking at him.
"I just went to Florida State [over the weekend]. We had a chance to sit down and talk to their coaches and talk to their coaches. I liked it down there," Rice said.
The Seminoles are joined by Florida, Georgia Tech, Marquette (who recently offered a scholarship) and South Florida. Rice said he'll visit Georgia Tech on Thursday unofficially.
"I like that they are close to home because I could go home whenever I wanted to and then I could be away and do my own thing," Rice said. "In some aspects, [staying close to home] is important but then in other aspects, I feel like I need to get away a little bit."
While he doesn't exactly have a time table to make a decision, the four-star guard said he knows what he is looking for.
"The atmosphere and people at the school are going to be the things that I'm going to look at," Rice said.