July 18, 2011

The Price is Right this Summer

The DePaul Blue Demons have struggled to find a consistent, knock-down perimeter shooter since Drake Diener departed in 2005. Class of 2012 wing Jodan Price may be what DePaul has been looking for.

Head coach Oliver Purnell extended an offer to the 6-foot-7 Detroit, Mich. native on Sunday. When Price talked to Blue Demon Bulletin about the offer and his skills, it is not surprising as to why DePaul has expressed interest recently and made the offer.

"I'm a big time shooter and scorer who can score in bunches," Price said. "I bring energy to the floor and always play hard."

The three-star prospect was excited about the prospects of playing for DePaul when talking to Purnell about the up-tempo system DePaul plays.

"He [Purnell] told me they have a running offense, [and that] he needs shooters and scorers," Price said. "[He] thinks I could be a big part of it."

After fielding offers from mid-major schools such as Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Lamar earlier in his recruitment, Price has garnered more high major attention of late. He has received major interest and offers from Northwestern and Minnesota.

Price has also received offers from a pair of Atlantic Ten schools: St. Joseph's and Duquesne. The Duquesne offer came in yesterday.

The increasing interest is due to Price's strong play on the AAU circuit with "The Family." Price is coming off a stellar performance at the NIKE Peach Jam where his scoring ability was on full display.

Price still would like to improve on his summer performance, though. He gave himself 8 out of 10 when looking at how he has fared during AAU season. He is aware of the areas that need further improvement.

"Strength to the basket and defense."

Identifying those two areas as weaknesses fits right along with what some scouting reports have said about Price. Despite superior length, Price's 175-pound frame does not allow him to get wherever he wants on the floor.

Price has plenty of opportunities remaining as a senior at Donnovan Kirk's alma mater, Detroit Country Day High School, to improve. Price will be leaned on to be the primary scorer on the team with the departure of leading scorer and Ohio State commit Amir Williams.

"I want to make the team better," Price said. "We lost in the final four at state, and my main goal is to win state."

"I want to lead my team."

Price averaged 8.6 points per game last season while deferring to Williams. He connected on 36.5 percent of his three-point attempts.

While Price's recruiting is heating up, his heavy schedule has not given him an opportunity to delve too deeply into what each school has to offer. He has no favorites, and will wait until August to evaluate all of his options.

Price plans to make official visits to schools that have offered him, as well as others as the summer ends and fall rolls in. He would like to sign with a school during the fall signing period in November.

Price does not see proximity to Detroit being a big factor in his decision, but wants to be on the floor as soon as he suits up his freshman season. The ideal situation would not have him sitting on the bench the first few seasons.

"I want to come in and make an impact right away."

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