Price Plays Well At Hoop Jam; Holds Offers

After a big effort at the Nike Hoop Jamboree, caught up with talented 2011 power forward Zach Price.

Following a top 10 prospect can be tough, especially when you play the same position. Just ask Zach Price, of Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward.

A year and a half ago it was Delvon Roe that donned the St. Edward's jersey. Now with Roe at Michigan State, Price is trying to fill his shoes. At first it was tough, but as the season progressed, so did Price's game.

"At times it was [hard]," Price told "I felt that I had to do everything that he did, but better. But it wasn't too bad."

"The high school season was a real big blur," he said. "I was coming in as a sophomore and I felt like I had to do everything and fill in a big spot since Delvon Roe was gone. I felt like there was a lot of stuff I had to cover.

Roe and Price are similar in the fact that they both play in the post and both checked in around 6-foot-8, 220-pounds. But that's where the similarities end.

"It was different because our personalities are far different from each other," Price said. "It wasn't really that hard for me to give good impressions to other people though."

Once Price hit the AAU circuit he got more comfortable and became a force inside playing for the King James Shooting Stars.

"AAU season came easier to me than the high school season because I wasn't getting double teamed as much and the scouting report isn't out there," he said. "I'm able to do other things that I need to work on."

This past weekend Price was invited to the Nike Hoop Jamboree, which is a camp for the top underclassmen in the country. Price said he more than held his own against the top-notch talent in attendance.

"I was actually surprised, I felt like I did really good," he said. "There were some games that I didn't do so good offensively, but I stayed consistent on the defensive end by blocking shots and getting rebounds."

"I think I bring a lot of defensive effort to the table," he continued. "I'm going to get you blocked shots and I'm going to get you rebounds. Offensively I'm going to do what I can. I get a lot of put backs and I think my post game is good, but not where I want it to be yet.

Known regionally, Price has yet to build his reputation on a national level. But once he hits the floor in July that will change. He does already have a number of schools in the mix.

"It's actually going crazy right now," he said of his recruitment. "Like today I got a bunch of calls from all types of college coaches. So lately I've been getting a lot of calls and letters. I'm taking everything in and taking it slow."

Ohio State, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Akron and Wisconsin have already offered the talented 2011 prospect. Miami, Florida and Xavier are also showing strong interest.

"Over the past few months Xavier, Ohio State and Michigan State have been in contact with me a lot," Price said. "Those have been the three main schools. Miami actually starting to recruit me pretty hard over the past few months too."

Although Price is starting to develop strong interest from a host of programs, he's not close to making his college decision.

"It's still pretty early," he said. "I'm keeping my options open. People think I'm all Ohio State and thinking I'm going to Ohio State, but I'm keeping my options open and looking at all of the schools to see which one fits me."

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