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As boston.com reported Saturday, two more local guys will be in the NBA system. Boston College senior point guard Tyrese Rice will be assigned to the Washington team and Connecticut’s Jeff Adrien is part of the Memphis squad. This follows the two locals drafted Thursday: Hasheem Thabeet, also to Memphis, and A. J. Price to Indiana, both out of UConn.
Rice was BC’s leader this season, following with the recent departures of Craig Smith, Jared Dudley, and Sean Marshall. The team was young, leaving Rice in double teams, but overachieved, thanks in large part to Rice’s leadership, making a brief stay in the NCAA tournament. His numbers were a bit down this year, but still a respectable 16.9 points and 5.3 assists, and 3.8 turnovers per contest. The 6-1, 190 pounder shot 41.3% from the field, including 34.7% on threes, and shot 85.6% from the free throw line.
Adrien shared the Huskies frontcourt with Thabeet and nearly averaged a double-double with 13.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He shot 50.5% from the field and 59.7% from the charity stripe and blocked 1.2 shots per game.