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Former Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice to play in NBA Summer League with Chicago Bulls

Illini graduate to continue dream of playing professionally this summer.

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Former Illinois Fighting Illini guard Rayvonte Rice will play in the NBA Summer League with the Chicago Bulls, reports Marcus Jackson of the News-Gazette.

Rice, a Champaign Centennial product, led Illinois last season in points (16.5 ppg), rebounds (6.5 rpg), steals (1.8 spg), field goal percentage (41.7 percent) and 3-point percentage (43.6 percent). The 6-foot-4 230-pound guard reached double figures during 22 of the 24 games he played; he had nine 20-point games, which includes a career-high 29-ppoint performance against Oregon on Dec. 13.

Rice scored 951 points with 97 assists, 101 steals and 19 blocks in 59 games during his two-year Illini career.

After two seasons at Drake University, Rice transferred to Illinois and sat out the 2012-13 season. Rice tallied 983 points, 339 rebounds, 103 assists and 105 steals in 64 career games for the Bulldogs.

Rice was named the 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year in Illinois, 2010 Illinois Player of the Year by the News-Gazette and the runner-up for Illinois Mr. Basketball. He 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.

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