Maurice Rivers

Reserve freshman forward leaves Rice program

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In his first season as a member of the Rice program, 6-foot-6 freshman forward Maurice Rivers played in 11 games with averages of 3.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 17.8 minutes per contest. Prior to the team’s game against North Texas on Saturday, it was announced by the program that Rivers is no longer a member of the program and has been released from his scholarship.

“We wish Maurice and his family all the best as he moves forward,” first-year head coach Mike Rhoades said according to the program’s Twitter account.

The announcement of Rivers’ departure came six days after he played a season-high 30 minutes in the Owls’ 66-57 home loss to UTEP, a game in which he tallied two points, two rebounds and two blocked shots. With Rivers no longer a member of the team, Rice stayed with an eight-man rotation in their 66-63 home loss to North Texas.

Freshman Jeremy Jones, who’s played an average of 5.7 minutes in six games, played a season-high ten minutes and that may be the case for him moving forward as the Owls look to account for the departure of Rivers.