John "Boo" Rice
John "Boo" Rice

John "Boo" Rice was a basketball star before he even set foot on the UMass Boston campus, having played for Boston State College from 1979-82. He finished his career with UMB in 1982-83 and earned N.A.B.C Northeast All-District Second Team honors with a lethal combination of scoring (18.3 ppg.) and playmaking (5.6 apg.), while leading the Beacons to their first NCAA tournament appearance. Known as one of the best point guards among small college players in New England, Rice finished his career with 1,718 points and 450 assists, averaging 17 points and 4.5 assists in 101 games, while owning a career field goal percentage of .473 (632-1334). As a junior, Rice ranked 17th in the nation, averaging 22.1 points per contest for Boston State and earned All-MASCAC honors for the second time. He is the only men's basketball player in the program's history to have his jersey retired and still holds single-season records for free throws made (153) and free throw attempts (215). His 515 points, in his only season with the Beacons, is the fifth-highest single-season scoring total at the school. Following his collegiate career, Rice was drafted by the NBA's Boston Celtics.