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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Former Lansing basketball standout signs with Spires

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  • Head coach Jon Bishop has announced that former Lansing High School standout Izaiah Grice has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Saint Mary. Grice will redshirt this season and join the Spires on the court as a sophomore for the 2014-15 campaign. Grice made the decision to transfer from Hutchinson Community College where he was a freshman this past season on a team that finished 31-4 and qualified for the 2013 NJCAA Men's Basketball National Tournament. His Blue Dragon squad ended the season ranked No. 9 in the final NJCAA poll. He signed with Hutchinson Community College after completing his prep career where he averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2 steals per game. In his senior season, Grice was named to the 5A All-State Boys Basketball Teams in both the Wichita Eagle as well as the Topeka Capitol Journal. "We are very excited to have Izaiah transferring into our program," Bishop said. "He's a guy that's already familiar with Saint Mary while completing his prep career at Lansing High School. He's going to take a year to concentrate on academics and getting stronger but we anticipate him being a guy that can step in right away and become a terrific player for us in the near future." Grice joins a Saint Mary basketball program that captured the 2013 KCAC regular season championship while posting back-to-back 20-plus win seasons. The Spires have qualified for the NAIA D-II National Tournament two years in a row making the trip to Branson in 2012 and 2103. "Izaiah helped lead Lansing High School basketball to an entire different level when he led us to two straight state tournaments as well as two straight final four finishes,” said Lansing High School head coach Rod Briggs. “He's a very good shooter and a kid who can really defend. I expect him to have an excellent career at the University of Saint Mary and I feel he will help the program continue the success they have achieved."
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