The Price Is Right As SW Dekalb Hits Playoffs

This AU basketball recruiting report features comments from Auburn signee Jordan Price and his coach.

Decatur, Ga.--For Auburn signee Jordan Price, a 6-5, 220-pound shooting guard, with the state playoffs here it is the most important time of the season for his Southwest Dekalb High basketball team.

Fortunately for Coach Dwayne McKinney, Price is playing his best basketball of his senior season down the stretch. In his last outing, Price scored a career-high 43 points vs. Chamblee. In the region tournament, Price scored 77 points in three games. Next on the schedule is a Class AAAA state playoff game on Saturday vs. Osborne.

"He has been playing some really good basketball," McKinney says. "What I have been most pleased about with Jordan is that he has really been playing well defensively for us lately and that is exciting."

The four-star shooting guard has been playing well in other areas, too, bumping his averages up close to 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists per game now that he is healthy after opening the season less than full speed with an ankle injury.

"We kind of got off to a slow start over the Christmas break, but we're coming together now," says McKinney. Price agrees with his coach and says, "We had our ups and downs at the beginning of the year, but now I believe we are on the right track to make a run at the state championship."

Southwest DeKalb is ranked No. 3 in the state with its 17-8 record after defeating a strong Chamblee High team 82-62 behind a strong performance from Price that included six made treys.

"It was my best game so far," Price says. "Those are the most points (43) I have scored in a game."

Jordan Price signed with the Tigers in November.

The Auburn signee notes his previous high scoring game this season came against La Verne Lutheran of California at the Chick-fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C., when he scored 32.

"I think I have improved as a passer and shooter," says Price, who notes that his focus has been on team goals as a senior. "I feel like I am making progress in developing my game. I am trying to help my teammates and our team become the best we can be."

McKinney says that Price's willingness to work on his game is something the coach appreciates. "He's making a conscious effort to improve himself." McKinney says, adding that he believes Auburn coach Tony Barbee and the Tigers will like the addition of Price to their 2012-2013 roster.

"The thing I always tell people about Jordan is that he is a much better person than basketball player, and that's saying a lot," McKinney says. "He is an excellent basketball player, but he has one of the biggest hearts I have ever seen in a young man of his age."

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