May 7, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas – Rice University men’s basketball’s recruiting class grew once more on Tuesday as head coach Mike Rhoades announced the signing of center Nate Pollard (Bountiful, Utah/Impact Academy [Nev.]) to a National Letter of Intent.
Rhoades said, “We are very excited and thrilled to have Nate as a part of our program. His size, versatility and potential are what we are looking for in Rice basketball players. He will have an immediate impact in our program and we’re looking forward to working with him.”
Following a successful high school career at Bountiful High School, the 7-1 big man spent the past year at Impact Academy prep school in Las Vegas, Nev.
In his senior season for coach Mike Maxwell at Bountiful, Pollard shot 50 percent or better from the field in 13 contests, leading to a 53.0 field goal percentage on the season. He led his team in offensive rebounding and ranked among the squad’s leaders in total boards.
Pollard swatted a team-best 37 blocks as well as the Braves posted a 21-4 record and perfect 10-0 mark in their region. The team advanced to the state 4A semifinal before falling in a close contest to the eventual champion for a second-straight season.
The son of Neal and Greta Pollard comes from a strong basketball family. His grandfather, Pearl Pollard, was a standout for the University of Utah in the late 1950s and his father played collegiately as well. His uncle, Scot Pollard, played collegiately at Kansas, was a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1997 and enjoyed an 11-season career in the NBA that culminated with an NBA championship as a member of the 2008 Boston Celtics.
Pollard joins April signee Bishop Mency (Chino Hills, Calif./Chino Hills HS) and early signees Jordan Reed (Lucas, Texas/Lovejoy HS) and Maurice Rivers (Atlanta, Ga./Columbia HS).