April 11, 2012
Rice basketball coach Ben Braun has announced the Owls signed three players on Wednesday, the first day a student-athlete could sign a National Letter of Intent.
Braun said the Owls have signed 6-6 swingman Nizar Kapic (Perkiomen School / Sankt Poelten, Austria), 6-3 shooting guard Austin Ramljak (Ventura College / Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and 6-1 point guard Keith Washington (Frankford High School / Philadelphia, Pa.)
In pursuit of playing basketball at the NCAA Division I level, Kapic traveled from his native Austria and enrolled at the Perkiomen School in Pennsylvania in 2011. In his first season playing in the United States, Kapic averaged 13.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists while helping the Panthers win their first-ever Tri-County League Championship.
Kapic also has international experience having played six games for Austria at the FIBA 2010 Under 18 European Championship.
Ramljak was a 2012 All-Western State Conference Team selection as a sophomore at Ventura College. He averaged 19.2 points per game which ranked sixth in conference scoring. Ramljak also averaged 4.4 rebounds to go along with 43 total assists and 21 steals this past season.
Ramljak was an All-California Interscholastic Federation selection as a high school senior at Oak Park High School where he averaged 16.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists.
Washington attended Mont Clare Academy this past year after a stellar career at Frankford High School in Philadelphia. He was named the 2011 Philadelphia Public School Player of the Year following a senior season in which he average 18 points and five assists.
Washington was the PIAA District 12-4A Most Valuable Player as well as the Northeast Times Player of the Year. He graduated third in his high school class.
Braun left the door open to sign additional student-athletes as the current period to sign NLIs runs through May 16th.