By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON -- Rice men's basketball coach Mike Rhoades has announced the signing of Robert Martin (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Corey Douglas (Louisville, Ky.) and Austin Meyer (Pflugerville, Texas) to national letters of intent for the 2016-17 school year, Wednesday morning.
Martin, a 6-6 forward, averaged 26.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks for the Tilton School (N.H.). He was named the team's Most Valuable Player and earned First Team Class AA All-New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) honors. As a junior, he led the Rams to the NEPSAC Class AA Championship. In two years, Martin scored 1,000 points, averaged 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.
"Robert is a very versatile basketball player," said Rice head coach Mike Rhoades. "He knows how to play the right way and does anything the team needs. He can play multiple positions due to his size and skill level. We expect him to impact our program with his skill level, nose for the ball and physical play. Robert comes from a basketball family and a storied high school program that has only helped him prepare for college basketball."
Douglas, a 6-8 forward, helped lead Fork Union Academy (Va.) to a 26-6 record and a berth in the Prep School National Tournament. He averaged 14.1 points, 12.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks on the year. As a senior at Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., Douglas helped the Bruins to a 32-3 record and a berth in the quarterfinals of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Sweet Sixteen Tournament while setting the school's single-season record for blocks.
Rhoades added, "Corey is a great piece to our recruiting class. He can play both center and power forward positions in our program. He is a high motor, athletic forward that will only get better with development. He had a great year at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, playing against top competition. His versatility running the floor as well as his improving offensive game gives our team much needed strength along the front court."
Meyer, a 6-9 forward, helped Rouse High School (TX) to a 21-13 record. He averaged 9.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks. He was named First Team All-District 13-6A by the Austin American-Statesman as well as earning Defensive Player of the Year honors. Prior to Rouse, Meyer played at Mustang High School in Mustang, Okla., where he led the Broncos to a 28-0 record and the state championship. He was named All-District 1 by the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association.
"Austin has a chance to make an immediate impact in our program due to his ability around the basket," said Rhoades. "He adds much needed size and athleticism to our program and with a big summer will help us immediately at the center position. We feel Austin has the ability and attitude to continually develop into a key player at Rice."
The Owls will also add a pair of walk-ons; Grant Youngkin, a 6-3 guard from St. Albans School in Washington, D.C and Addison Owen, a 6-5 guard from The Paideia School in Atlanta, Ga.
They join Tim Harrison and Ako Adams, who signed in the fall, as part of the 2016-17 recruiting class.