Iowa Offers Price

Iowa handed out a 2013 scholarship offer on Monday to Detroit Combo Guard Austin Price. Coach Fran McCaffery must have liked what he saw in the kid as he only has one ride left to give before '14.

Good players always like to face off against better ones. Austin Price is no different.

The Class of 2013 wing welcomed the challenge of matching up with a Big Ten starter - Iowa's Devyn Marble. It came during an open gym for The Family of Detroit AAU program.

"We have an open gym where alumni come back and play against us," the 6-foot-3, 165-pounder combo guard said. "I was able to have a chance to play against him and guard him."

How did that go?

"I got some scores off against him, but he was killing me in the post," Price said.

That scenario could be expected considering Marble is entering the third year of college and Price is a prep senior.

Price's calling card is his 3-point shooting ability. He also has a nice mid-range game and can get by defenders.

Marble and Price might end up playing together instead of against each other. Iowa offered the latter a scholarship on Monday.

"I was talking to them (Hawkeye coaches) on the phone and they said they were looking at me during the spring evaluation period," Price said. "They started talking to me a lot right after the Peach Jam (July 18-22). Then they saw me again in Fort Wayne (this past weekend) and said they really liked me and they wanted to offer me a scholarship."

Price said he was caught a little off guard by the Iowa offer.

"I really wasn't surprised because I had a really great weekend in Fort Wayne," he said. "I kind of felt like they would. I was still surprised though because this is my first high-major offer."

Price also reports offers from Holy Cross, Iowa, Kent State, Lehigh, Toledo, Yale, St. Boneventure, Tulane, Cornell and NIU. Stanford, Harvard, Butler and Davidson are looking. He's smart.

"I think Iowa is a great school," Price said. "You see them a lot on TV. They haven't really been a power like Michigan State, but I've always liked watching them."

Price feels like coach Fran McCaffery is building something good with his Hawkeyes.

"I feel like they're on the upswing," Price said. "They had a very good 2012 recruiting class. They have a great star in Devyn Marble. I feel like they're really on the upswing."

Price would like to make a decision as soon as possible but that does't mean that one is Imminent.

"I would like to get it out of the way and sign in November, but I'm not going to rush it," he said. "I want to make sure that I go to the right school. I need to do my homework on these schools and pick the best fit for me."

The choice mostly will be for Austin to make.

"(My parents) really don't have a school that they like the most," Austin said. "They like all the schools that have been recruiting me. They said it's going to be my choice in the end and that I have to make the decision on my own at some point."

Price said all of the schools involved with him are on equal ground in pursuit.

"I've been talking to my parents," he said. "We'll probably visit Iowa sometime (in August) on an unofficial (visit). We'll see where that goes.

"There's definitely a chance that I'll be back on an official visit (which he can take after his senior year classes begin)."

Price said he will major in business, civil engineering or electrical engineering at the school of his choosing.


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