Bethesda’s Kiki Rice Named 2022 Naismith Girls’ Basketball High School Player of the Year

Kiki Rice, the No. 2 women’s basketball recruit in the Class of 2022, has been named the 2022 Naismith Girls’ High School Player of the Year.

Rice, a 5’11 Bethesda resident, has helped lead Sidwell Friends to an undefeated record and #1 ranking in the nation. Named for the inventor of the game, the Naismith award is considered among the highest—if not the highest—award in high school and college basketball. “My teammates and my coaches played a huge role in me getting this award,” Rice said in an article on the Sidwell Friends website. “It’s an individual award, but someone who isn’t on a great team and who isn’t being pushed every day is not going to win this award.”

As a freshman in 2018-19, she started in all 20 games played and averaged 21.7 ppg., 11.0 rpg., 7.5 apg., 2.6 spg. and 1.4 bpg. to help her team to a 20-6 record and the state tournament semifinals. She was named the D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year, and hasn’t played a full season until this year due to Covid restrictions.

As a member of the 2019 USA U16 National Team, Rice averaged 7.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game to help the USA to a 6-0 record and gold medal June 16-22 in Puerto Aysen, Chile.

Her father, John Rice, played basketball at Yale, her mother, Andrea Rice played tennis at Yale, and her cousin Allan Houston played basketball at the University of Tennessee and in the NBA for the New York Knicks.

Rice has chosen to continue her education and basketball career at UCLA next year.


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Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

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