The 13th athlete in the MGoUsers Poll...

Submitted by ItsHarambe on August 20th, 2016 at 11:17 PM

Glen Rice

Rice played basketball for Michigan from 1985-1989. He became the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,442 points. He led Michigan to the National Championship in 1989, scoring a record 184 points in tournament play, a record that still stands. Rice was also part of the Associated Press All-America second-team, after averaging 25.6 points for the season, while shooting 58% from the floor and 52% from three-point range. 

Glen Rice was drafted 4th overall in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. 

Rice continues to rank among Michigan's all-time leaders in several statistical categories, including:

  • 1st in career points (2,442)
  • 1st in single season points (949 in the 1988-89 season)
  • 1st in single season field goals made (363 in the 1988-89 season)
  • 1st in single season field goal attempts (629 in the 1988-89 season)
  • 1st in single season three point field goal percent (51.6% in the 1988-89 season)
  • 2nd in career field goals made (1,003)
  • 2nd in single season three-point field goals made (99 in the 1988-89 season)


Previous Posts: 

#14 - Cazzie Russel

#15 - Rick Leach

#16 - Steve Hutchinson

#17 - Chris Webber

#18 - Ron Kramer

#19 - Sierra Romero

#20 -Trey Burke

#21 - Michael Phelps

#22 - Lamar Woodley

#23 - Dan Deirdorf. 

#24 - Benny Friedman

#25 - Anthony Thomas


Disclaimer: This is not my poll. This is a collection of polls taken by MGoUsers. Credit goes to Wikipedia for the info. If you're upset by these rankings, don't be. Everything is going to be okay. But feel free to let me know why I'm an idiot in the comment section. 


Go Blue





August 20th, 2016 at 11:44 PM ^

Fun Fact: The character Jimmy Chitwood was based on a former 1954 Indiana Mr. Basketball, Bobby Plump who played on the infamous Milan High School basketball team for which the 1986 film Hoosiers is based upon.

Bobby Plump is also a fun name to say and it makes me laugh.


August 21st, 2016 at 12:11 AM ^

What a shooter! Was about 16 when he played. When one didn't go in, I couldn't believe it.  I thought to myself - something must be wrong the rim. 


I've never been more confident of a shot going down than when Mr. Rice squared up.


August 21st, 2016 at 1:10 AM ^

This list gets more confusing after every reveal. I expected Glenn Rice to be in the top ten, maybe even top five know, he's the best basketball player in the history of our program.


August 21st, 2016 at 12:33 PM ^

Cazzie has more hardware (National Player of the year; 2-time first-team All-American; 3 B1G titles; two final fours). Glen's second best for leading UM to its only national title in record-setting fashion.

But both of them are ranked outside the top 10, for some reason, so I guess people like Zoltan Mesko are above them.


August 21st, 2016 at 10:09 AM ^

I was in high school just down the road from Flint Northwestern when Glen Rice was a star there, and at that time there was so much talent coming out of the flint area. I ran track against Andre Rison, played a scrimmage against Jim Abott

However Glen Rice is one of my all time favorites, and he is a very nice and humble guy in person.


August 21st, 2016 at 3:44 AM ^

I loved watching him play when I was a kid. Aside from being a great shooter, he had one of the greatest put-back dunks I've ever seen. I think he may have even shot the free throw himself, then dunked it in. Maybe someone else remembers the play I'm thinking of?


August 21st, 2016 at 7:52 AM ^

Notwithstanding the previous players ranking I think Rice at #13 is about right. One overlooked aspect of his game (and you didn't mention it in the post Harambe) is that Rice led the B1G in rebounding his senior year!

Now he actually WAS "more than a shooter" (sorry Nik)


August 21st, 2016 at 12:28 PM ^

being especially impressive.  But I think it was his sophomore year he led the league in rebounding (not sure if he was first or second).  He did that when it was crucial that he stepped up that part of his game with young front line players like Hughes and Vaught developing. 



August 21st, 2016 at 8:18 AM ^

I would have thought Rice would end up higher in this poll considering how valuable he was to the 1989 run and really for his entire time at Michigan, but then again this kind of makes me wonder which basketball players did in fact break the top then of this list. 

One question I did have for the OP - what was the "n=" on this poll? How many responses did you get, out of curiosity?



August 21st, 2016 at 8:59 AM ^

As far as basketball is concerned ("top athlete") no one comes close to Chris Webber. People talk about McGary in the 2013 tournament, well Webber was that good his entire Michigan career. Also, blaming Webber and the Fab Five for the downfall of Michigan basketball is a joke. He wasn't the one that sat on his hands while we had the worst facilites in the conference or hire incompetent coaches like Ellerbe and Amaker. Sure the sanctions hurt, but as we've seen with OSU football and Syracuse basketball, if you have the right coach you can weather the storm quickly. 


August 21st, 2016 at 8:29 AM ^

My favorite MICHIGAN BB player and one of the best pure shooters in NCAA/NBA history. That tourney was crazy insane. GLEN should be higher on this list IMO