IU basketball recruiting: Class of 2023 names to know — Ohio point guard Lawrent Rice

We continue our class of 2023 names to know series with Ohio based point guard Lawrent Rice.

Indiana has been in communication with Rice for a long time, going back to last summer, well beyond when Mike Woodson took over the program in late March.

After watching him last month at the Run-and-Slam in Fort Wayne, Rice’s high major trajectory was obvious.  A high end athlete, Rice stands at 6-foot-3 and he has the great combination of ability to create his own shots and look for and set up his teammates.  Rice has good point guard attributes as a competitor, is a willing defender and he has an unselfish style to his game.

Rice is listed as a combo guard by 247Sports, which projects him as the nation’s No. 70 overall prospect in the 2023 class.

Playing at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, Rice averaged 13.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He shot 47.2 percent from behind the arc while leading Wayne to a 17-5 record.

For AAU basketball Rice is playing for the All-Ohio Red 16-U Nike EYBL squad.

Point guard is likely to be a priority position in the 2023 class for IU, and the program will likely decide who to prioritize after live viewings in July.  The Hoosiers already have Illinois floor general Jeremy Fears on campus today.  IU has also offered Indiana native Dravyn Gibbs-Lawhorn and they are in contact with another Ohio product, Gabe Cupps, at the point guard position.

Rice has high major offers from Ohio State, Purdue, Kansas State and West Virginia.  Along with IU, Dayton, Xavier and Louisville are some of the other schools involved.  Rice has mentioned Indiana in his recruitment regularly for nearly a year, and he named IU as a school he would like to visit this summer as recently as a couple weeks ago.

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