HOUSTON—Rice men’s basketball coach Mike Rhoades has announced the signing of Tim Harrison (San Diego, Calif.) and Ako Adams (Arlington, Va.) to national letters of intent for the 2016-17 school year, Wednesday afternoon.
Harrison, a 6-8 forward, led Francis Parker School to a 17-7 record last year. The junior averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks to earn All-Coastal League honors. As a freshman, he was named second team All-Central League while playing at Christian High School. He was also named second team All-San Diego, first team All-League and CIF All-Academic Team. Harrison is rated a three-star athlete by Rivals, Scout and ESPN.
“Tim fills an immediate need as a versatile player with size and skill,” said Rhoades. “I am excited to see the different ways he can help our program. He fit in with our players from the moment he stepped on campus. We are really excited to get Tim in a Rice uniform and go to work. He comes from a great high school and AAU program that has helped develop him. Tim has a great opportunity to move our program forward. He and his family were very thorough in their process and knew Rice was a great fit for Tim. Our players and staff are excited to welcome Tim and his family to Rice.”
Adams, a 6-2 guard, led Bishop O’Connell to a 20-11 overall record. He averaged 17.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists, while making 66 three-pointers. As a sophomore, he helped his team to the 2013 WCAC Championship, as well as the Alhambra Championship, where he was named second team All-Tournament. He is the eighth ranked player in the state of Virginia by MaxPreps. A three-star athlete by ESPN and Rivals, Adams was named first team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention, while also being named team Most Valuable Player.
Added Rhoades, “We are getting a super player from a winning high school program from possibly the best high school league in the country. Ako is a young man that will fit right into our family and will impact us as we continue to play a fast-paced style. He has intangibles that we were looking for and can’t wait to get him on campus. He and his family are all about getting the best education and being a part of a rising basketball program. Our players and staff are excited to welcome Ako and his family to Rice.”