John Rice was born on March 23rd, 1949. He played basketball for three seasons form 1965-1967, and is the 5th leading scorer in Polar Bear history with 1,378 points. He scored a career high 44 points, tying at 3rd all-time for Most Points a Game. He scored 845 points his senior year averaging 28.2 points per game, putting him at 1st all-time for Most Points a Season and Highest Season Average. He led the 10th Region in scoring and rebounding, averaging 19 rebounds a game. John was named 38th District MVP, and named to the 10th Region All-Tournament team, and All-State Honorable mention.

Rice went on to play basketball at East Tennessee State University. He played four seasons from 1969-1972, scoring 744 points, and averaging a career 10.5 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was named captain of the basketball team, was on the OVC All-Conference team, and was named an Outstanding College Athlete of America.

In honor of his achievements, John Rice was inducted into the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.