Bethesda Basketball Sensation Kiki Rice Leads Sidwell to No. 1 Ranking in U.S.

photo of Kiki Rice basketball player at Sidwell

Being a member of Kiki Rice’s family comes with expectations. The 18-year old high school senior is making her mark as a high school basketball superstar but she is just the latest member of the family to accomplish big things.

  • Her mother Andrea played tennis at Yale and is a top nationally-ranked player in the 50+ circuit who has won gold medals in international competitions
  • Her father John played basketball at Yale
  • Her brother Teo plays basketball at Yale
  • Cousin Allen Houston is a former NBA all-star with the New York Knicks
  • Two other cousins, Dave Waymer and Julian Jenkins, played in the NFL
  • Her grandfather, Emmet John Rice, served as a Tuskegee Airman
  • Her great uncle, Hank Kean, played with the Harlem Globetrotters in the 1950s
  • Aunt Susan Rice is currently Director of the Domestic Policy Council under President Biden and served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and U.S. National Security Advisor under President Obama

No pressure, right?

Kiki Rice is the #2 ranked girls high school basketball player in the country. A 5’11” senior point guard from Bethesda, Rice plays for a very talented Sidwell Friends team in Washington, DC. that now finds itself undefeated at 13-0 and the top-ranked team in the entire country.

Of course, Rice has a lot to do with her team’s meteoric rise. Her stats – 15.5 points, 7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game – are impressive but only paint part of the picture. Rice’s all-around ability, court vision, and leadership skills are off the charts.

She was born in San Francisco but moved with her family to Bethesda in 2007. Rice is very well decorated having won two gold medals playing for USA Basketball, was named Gatorade high school player of the year in both basketball AND soccer and was recently named to the prestigious McDonald’s all-America team.

Last Nov. 4, Rice committed to attending UCLA in her mom’s hometown of Los Angeles. She chose the Bruins over her other announced finalists Connecticut, Duke, Arizona and Stanford.

(Photo courtesy: Sidwell Friends School)

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