Jodan Price is a 6-7, 175 lb. sharpshooter from Detroit, Michigan. Today the 3-star Scout.com prospect became DePaul coach Oliver Purnell's second commitment for the class of 2012.
Price committed to Purnell following his official visit to DePaul this weekend. He chose the Blue Demons over offers from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Hofstra, Lamar, St. Joseph's, and Western Michigan.
"It was a good fit," said Price. "They don't have a shooter. I can come in and play and make a major impact. I'm comfortable with the coaches. It's close to home. They have great academics and good internships."
Price sees opportunity for himself at DePaul.
"I'm looking to be able to make a major impact playing at a higher level and do real good in the Big East," said Price.
DePaul first became interested in Price after Purnell watched him play with The Family, a Michigan-based AAU team, at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam in July. Price averaged 18.4 points per game against some of the elite Nike programs from across the country while at Peach Jam. After that performance, Purnell offered Price a scholarship.
Price, who shot 41% from behind the arc at Detroit Country Day High School last season, gives Purnell the long-range marksman that he's been looking for in the 2012 recruiting class.
"(Purnell) said that they need a shooter that can extend the defense," said Price. "Basically a scorer and a shooter that can make an impact."
"He sees me at the two and wants me to be a big time shooter for the team, " Price told WeAreDePaul.com. "I'm a big-time scorer. I shoot the ball. I'm a tough player that never gives up."
Scout.com analyst Brian Snow described Price as "one of the best pure shooters in the class. Price has good length and a hair trigger, and usually when he shoots it, it is going in."
While Price is known as a pure shooter, he knows that he needs to improve in other aspects of his game and DePaul is just the place for him to do that.
"I've got some things to work on, like my all around game," said Price
Price has been receiving congratulations from well-wishers today and a few of his future teammates. While on campus over the weekend, Price spent a lot of time with Montray Clemons and fellow Detroit Country Day graduate Donnavan Kirk.
Price also hopes to get things going at Country Day for his senior season. They style of ball played at Country Day sounds awfully similar to what Purnell employs at DePaul.
"We're looking to go back to Michigan State to win the state championship," said Jodan. "I play the two guard, but whoever gets the ball plays the point in our system. We're fast and uptempo. We like to score a lot of points in the 80's, 90's, and sometimes 100's."
Price joins Gary, Indiana forward DeJuan Marrero in the class of 2012 for the Blue Demons. Together Price and Marrero hope to help DePaul turn things around.
"I'm looking to get there and put DePaul back on the map and help bring success to the program," said Price.
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