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The Wizards never wavered on their position that they would not use their Nos. 38 and 54 picks in the second round, and it came to fruition late Thursday.
They acquired Glen Rice Jr., who was taken 35th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, in a trade. The Wizards drafted guard Nate Wolters (South Dakota State) and shipped him to the Milwaukee Bucks and moved forward Arsalan Kazemi (Oregon) to Philadelphia.
Rice spent last season with Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League, where he averaged 13 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. The Vipers won the D-League championship.
Because the Wizards have too many players under contract, they didn't have room for three rookies on the roster.
Rice, a 6-5 shooting guard, spent three seasons at Georgia Tech, where he averaged 9.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He was suspended multiple times and kicked out of school after he was charged in a shooting incident outside an Atlanta nightclub in March 2012.
George Mason coach Paul Hewitt had Rice for his first two years of college. Here’s what he told CSN’s Ben Standig before the draft about Rice:
"Great IQ. Understands how to play the game, very skilled, very athletic. I would see him as a small forward. ...Just has to grow up. Was a little bit of an immature kid when I had him. He's really grown up a lot. Has a much more professional approach to his game and how he's playing. ...I don't think he's a bad kid, but an immature kid. Apparently, he has grown up quite a bit."
Rice has shooting range, an area of weakness of the Wizards who averaged an NBA-low 93.2 points per game.
He’s the son of former NBA player Glen Rice Sr., the all-time leading scorer at the University of Michigan who played 15 NBA seasons. He won a national championship in 1989 and an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000.
“We had Glen rated very high on our draft board due to his shooting ability and overall game,” Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. “He was able to use his season in the D-League to show that his commitment to the game matched his talent and we’re confident that he will work hard to take advantage of this opportunity.”