Illinois men's basketball hosted No. 22/20 at Ohio State on Feb. 15, 2014. (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
2012-13 REDSHIRT: Sat out the season per NCAA transfer rules ... One of three recipients of team's Most Improved Player award ... Has two years of eligibility remaining with the Illini.
Played in 64 career games during two seasons at Drake, starting 62 times ... Totaled 983 points, 339 rebounds, 103 assists and 105 steals ... Second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference pick in 2012 ... Led Drake and ranked third in the MVC in scoring as a sophomore, averaging 16.8 points ... Second on the team with average of 5.8 rebounds ... Led the MVC in steals at 1.9 per game ... Scored a career-high 29 points vs. Central Arkansas on Dec. 21, 2011 ... Collected a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Wichita State on Jan. 28, 2012 ... Missouri Valley All-Freshman Team and All-Newcomer Team selection in 2011 ... Set the Drake freshman scoring record with 428 points (13.8 ppg) and also led the Bulldogs in rebounds (4.8 rpg) and steals (1.4 spg).
2010 Gatorade Player of the Year in Illinois ... 2010 Illinois Player of the Year by the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette ...Unanimous first-team All-State selection by the Associated Press ... Also first-team All-State by the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, News-Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... Runner-up in voting for 2010 Illinois Mr. Basketball ... Averaged 23.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 1.8 assists as a senior, leading Centennial to a 31-3 record and fourth-place finish at state ... Averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.4 assists as a junior, leading Centennial to a 32-1 record and IHSA Class 3A state championship ... Named MVP of the 2009 state tournament and scored a team-high 21 points in the 61-59 title-game victory over Oswego ... Centennial High School's all-time leading scorer with 1,810 points ... All-time leading scorer in Champaign-Urbana prep history ...High school coach was Tim Lavin ... Played for the Rising Stars AAU program, coached by Mike Weinstein.
Born July 14, 1992 ... Full name is Rayvonte Detra Rice ... Family calls him Tra (pronounced tray), coming from his middle name ... Majoring in sociology ... Mother is Rhonda Rice ... Mother played basketball at Parkland College ... Cousin, Mikel Leshoure, holds the Illini Football single-game (330 yards) and single-season (1,697 yards) rushing records and single-season rushing touchdowns (17) record and is now a running back with the Detroit Lions ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning state with Centennial in 2009 ...Favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant ... Favorite Illini players growing up were Cory Bradford, Deron Williams, Dee Brown and Luther Head.