Connect with us

NC State Basketball

NC State Guard MJ Rice Will Be Returning Soon After Stepping Away for a Period of Time

Published

on

NC State Guard MJ Rice (6’5″/215) announced yesterday that due to personal reasons, he had to step away from the basketball program, but was excited to be back with his teammates soon. He was clear that his commitment to NC State hasn’t wavered.

(Tweet)

Life is much bigger than sports. These young men are human beings first and foremost, and as we all know, this life is never simple and easy.

Rice transferred to NC State this offseason from Kansas with three years of eligibility remaining. The former High School McDonald’s All-American didn’t get a lot of playing time in his Freshman season at Kansas, averaging 7.6 minutes per game in only 23 games played.

Coming out of Prolific Prep in California, Rice averaged 20.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a Senior. Rivals ranked him as a 5-star prospect, ON3 ranked him 24th nationally, and ESPN ranked him as the #1 player in the state of North Carolina.

Whatever Rice is working through, we value him as a person more than we do a player.

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

4 Comments
Subscribe
Notify of
4 Comments
newest
oldest most Upvoted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Rev
Rev
9 months ago

This is not the first instance personal or family issues. This guy has had a long trip with multiple obstacles since before he went from high school to basketball prep in California much less Kansas. Hope life settles down for him soon.

Afterglow
Afterglow
9 months ago

Weird. So, on the one hand, PackInsider says he announced yesterday that he’s going to return and is excited to be back “soon”, which would indicate he’s going away for a while, starting Wednesday. On the other hand, Pack Pride says, “Having Rice back gives State a truly versatile player that can be utilized anywhere from the 2 through 4 spots on the court. With the depth the Wolfpack has all across the board, Rice will battle for a starting spot or could be one of the top reserves in his first year with the team.” Perhaps it’s my editor’s… Read more »

Afterglow
Afterglow
9 months ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Just my opinion, but it should have read, When Rice returns, State will have a truly versatile player that can be utilized anywhere from the 2 through 4 spots on the court. With the depth the Wolfpack has all across the board, Rice will battle for a starting spot or could be one of the top reserves in his first year with the team.

Papajohn
Papajohn
9 months ago

While the gist of the message is clear, the timing isn’t.
And is he solid academically or did he step away from that too? The semester started a month ago.

You hope this is a one time thing, resolved and behind him, and not an early warning sign of a pattern.

Last edited 9 months ago by Papajohn

NC State Basketball

NC State Men’s Basketball 2024-25 Scholarship Breakdown

Published

on

With the announcement of the addition of Forward Ismael Diouf yesterday, and news breaking that MJ Rice and Ernest Ross are no longer with the team this morning, here’s a look at the Scholarship Breakdown for the Men’s Basketball Team for the 2024-25 season.

Senior (1 Year of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield
Forward/Center Ben Middlebrooks
Forward Guard Dontrez Styles
Guard/Forward Jayden Taylor
Guard Michael O’Connell
Guard Marcus Hill
Guard Breon Pass

Junior (2 Years of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Ismael Diouf
Guard Mike James

Sophomore ( 3 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Jr.

Freshman (4 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Paul McNeil Jr.
Guard Trey Parker

NC State now has 1 scholarship available for the 2024-25 season. 

Continue Reading

NC State Basketball

Ernest Ross is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

Published

on

According to a source, Senior Forward Ernest Ross is no longer on NC State’s roster.

On April 17th, Ross entered the Transfer Portal. On May 10th, Ross verbally committed to UTSA. Then on May 15th, Ross announced that he would in fact be returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

According to a source, Ross is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Ross has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading

NC State Basketball

MJ Rice is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

Published

on

According to a source, Sophomore Guard MJ Rice is no longer on NC State’s roster.

Rice transferred to NC State last offseason from Kansas, and only played in 9 games for the Wolfpack this past season, averaging 4.1 points in 8.8 minutes per game.

On January 24th, it NC State announced that Rice would be sitting out the remainder of the season, and that they would be submitting a waiver for the season to count as a Redshirt year.

Prior to the beginning of the  season, Rice stepped away from the program for personal reasons, and missed the first 7 games, before joining the Wolfpack against Maryland Eastern-Shore.

The Kansas transfer played in 23 games for the Jayhawks as a Freshman, averaging 2.2 points in 7.6 minutes per game. ON3 ranked Rice as the #24 overall player nationally in the 2022 recruiting class. They also ranked him as the #2 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

It was always ‘iffy’ whether or not Rice would be on next years roster, but he didn’t enter the Transfer Portal, and remained with the team on their magical run, and even after.

According to a source, Rice is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Rice has 3 years of eligibility remaining.

 

Continue Reading

NC State Basketball

NC State Commit Ismael Diouf: VIDEO VAULT

Published

on

NC State just landed a MASSIVE commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215). Here’s a VIDEO VAULT of the new NC State big man.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Dylan (@_shotbydylan)

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Rouge et Or (@rougeetor)

Continue Reading