By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON - Rice men's basketball coach Scott Pera has announced the signing of Alec Spence (St. Louis, Mo.) to a national letter of intent for the 2017-18 school year, Pera announced Wednesday afternoon.
Spence, a 6-5 guard, led the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) to a 19-9 record last year and its third straight trip to the Class 4 District 5 title game, where he scored a team-high 19 points. The senior averaged 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists while earning Metro League Player of the Year honors. As a freshman, he was named second team All-Central League while playing at Christian High School. He connected on 45.3% from the field, 34.0% from three and 78.9% from the charity stripe.
"I'm excited to welcome Alec to the Rice basketball family," said Pera. "We have been recruiting him for a long time, even through the transition of the staffs. We are pleased that Alec and his family stuck with us and we stuck with him. He possesses a tremendous skill-set for his size. He is a superb passer and can put the ball in the basket many different ways. We are happy to have Alec as part of the Owl family as he will be a terrific representative of Rice Basketball and Rice University as a whole."
Spence is a three-time All-Metro League honoree while helping the Rams to the Metro League title each of the last three years. As a junior, he led MICDS with 18.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Spence finished his career as the Rams' all-time assist leader and second in points and rebounds.