Best of Best Star High On Barbee's Tigers

Jordan Price discusses recruiting and his interest in Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn Tigers.

Decatur, Ga.--Jordan Price, a rising senior at Southwest DeKalb High School who is coming off an MVP performance at a major showcase camp last weekend, says Tony Barbee's Auburn Tigers are his favorite.

A 6-5, 218-pound shooting guard, who can also play point guard and small forward, Price was named the overall MVP at the Under Armour Best of the Best Camp in Atlanta that attracted basketball prospects from across the country.

"It was a very good feeling," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "There was a lot of great competition and a lot of great players there. I was just happy that I was able to show my talent and do the best I could."

On Friday and Saturday he and his father took an unofficial visit to Auburn to check out the campus, meet with the players and get to know the coaches better. "I like Auburn a lot," he says. "Auburn is my favorite. It just feels like home. They welcome me with open arms."

He notes that Auburn has been recruiting him longer, and with more intensity, than any other college. He adds that he has built a good relationship with AU assistant coach Milt Wagner. "He is a real cool guy and he knows a lot because he has been there before where I am trying to be," Price points out. "I am like a sponge when I am around him."

Price says that other colleges on his favorites list include Memphis, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech and UCLA. He says that all of those schools have offered him a scholarship except for UCLA.

Rising high school seniors can sign with the college of their choice in the early period in November. That is when most of the top prospects do it. Price says he isn't sure when he will make a decision on his college.

He also notes he isn't sure yet what he wants to study in college. "I am still trying to figure that out," he says. "It will probably be something like business. I want to be a businessman when I grow up."

Price is an honor student at Southwest DeKalb High. "My parents wouldn't let it be any other way," he says. national recruiting analyst Brian Snow wrote this about Price after his performance at the Best of the Best Camp. "Price is just a big time scorer, and proved that he can put the ball in the basket every way imaginable. He is very efficient in the mid-range where his pull up jumper is impressive. Also he has the strength to get to the rim and finish along with the range to hit from three. Now that his body is in shape, his skills are taking over."

Price says "it was a great feeling" to win the MVP award at the Best of the Best. It is not the first time he has won a prestigious award for his basketball skills. As a sophomore at McCallie in Chattanooga he won Mr. Basketball for the state of Tennessee.

One of the reasons Price is such a good player is that he is continually working on his game. "I have good range on my shot, but I am working with my trainer to make it better," he says. "I am working in the weight room and as I get stronger I should have even better range."

Asked to comment on what his strengths are as a player, Price says, "I like to drive and get to the hole and get to the foul line a lot. I like to get a lot of points for my teammates with assists." He notes that he averaged 19 points, 6.5 rebounds and close to four assists per game as a junior.

A prospect who has visited Auburn several times, he says he has fun on those trips. He notes that he is looking for a college that both he and his family like and that Auburn is seriously in the running.

Price is shown at the Best of the Best Camp in Atlanta.

Next on the agenda for the guard is a trip to the NBA Camp in Virginia, an individual skills camp. After that he will play AAU ball for the Southern Kings, a team based in Atlanta.

A player who already has excellent size, by the time Price gets to college he may be even taller. "I think I am still growing," he says. "Hopefully, I will get to 6-7 or 6-8."

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