Fred Hoiberg added to his 2023 recruiting class on Wednesday as Eli Rice, a 6-foot-7 wing from Tennessee, announced his commitment to Nebraska on Twitter.
— Eli Rice (@iamelirice) August 10, 2022
Rice will spend a post-grad year at Florida prep school powerhouse IMG Academy before joining the Huskers. He led Beech High School in Henderson, Tennessee, to a 32-2 season during his senior year last season. He competed on the UAA circuit this summer with Team Thrill out of Baltimore, Maryland, alongside 5-star big man Derik Queen.
Rice is at his best in transition, using his size and length to get to the rim and finish or draw fouls. He’s a southpaw but looks comfortable finishing with either hand around the basket, and he’s active on the offensive glass. He’s comfortable shooting off the dribble or off the catch, though he’ll need to improve his consistency.
Rice chose Nebraska over offers from Georgetown, VCU and others. The Huskers offered him on July 11 and he visited campus at the end of the month.
Rice joins Legacy Early College point guard Chase Clemmons in Nebraska’s 2023 class. The Huskers still have at least one more open spot for the 2022-23 season
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