Nov. 19, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas – Rice University head men’s basketball coach Ben Braun announced the signing of guard Jordan Reed (Lucas, Texas/Lovejoy High School) and forward Maurice Rivers (Atlanta, Ga./Columbia High School) to National Letters of Intent on Tuesday. The pair will enroll next fall for the 2014-15 season.
Braun said, “We are very pleased Jordan Reed and Maurice Rivers are joining our program. Both players come from highly successful high school programs and come from outstanding and supportive families. Jordan is an excellent playmaker and leader on the floor. Maurice is a very agile player who can play a number of different positions.”
Reed is a strong, muscular 5-11 point guard who can shoot well from the perimeter and is regarded as a high-level and quick on-ball defender. His Lovejoy squad posted a 13-1 mark in district play his junior season and notched a 20-10 overall record before falling in the regional quarterfinals to Arlington Seguin.
As a junior, Reed earned first team all-District 13-4A honors and was also named to the academic all-district team and was the school’s defensive player of the year for head coach Kyle Herrema. He averaged 10.3 points, 2.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game with a 50 percent shooting clip from the field and 80 percent from the foul line.
Reed boasts a 3.91 GPA and has an interest in majoring in engineering or natural sciences at Rice. He was also recruited by a number of Ivy League schools. He is the son of Sam and Debra Reed. Rice women’s basketball signed one of Reed’s Lovejoy classmates, Shani Rainey, to an NLI during the early signing period as well
Rivers is an athletic 6-7 combo forward with potential to become an excellent defender at multiple positions with his long, lean frame. His quickness makes him effective on offense in transition and slashing to the basket.
Columbia advanced to the state championship game last season, and has won five of the past eight Georgia state titles. As a junior in 2012-13, Rivers averaged 12 points and nine rebounds per game for coach Kerry Sandifer.
Over the summer, Rivers competed for the Q6 All-Stars, the same AAU program that current Owl Denzel Davis played for the previous year.
Rivers is interested in majoring in engineering at Rice and was a significant factor in his decision to sign with the Owls. He is the son of Ronald and Latoya Freeman and was also recruited by a variety of schools in the southeast and up through the mid-Atlantic.
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