Price Expected at Iowa

With two official visits behind him, Austin Price is headed to Iowa for his last campus tour. The 2013 combo guard talks about the upcoming trip, in-home visits and a decision timeline here.

Austin Price and E.C. Matthews are AAU backcourt mates and friends. They just don't talk about recruiting. That could be uncomfortable.

The 2013 Michigan guards report an Iowa offer. The Hawkeyes are believed to have just one scholarship to give out in that class.

"We haven't really talked about it," Austin said. "We've really just been doing our own thing with recruiting. We don't talk about the visits at all.

"I don't want to tell him I really like a school and he likes it too. I don't want us to be fighting over it. I don't want to influence him one way or the other."

Matthews officially visited Iowa Sept. 7-9. Price has scheduled his official Hawkeye trip for this coming weekend.

Matthews hasn't been speaking to the media, but his coach at Romulus High, Nate Oats, said his guard wanted to visit a few more schools before committing. Price said Iowa would be his last trip. He would decide on a college after it.

"At most, it will be two weeks (before he announces his choice)," Price said. "Probably it will be sometime during next week (after his Iowa Trip)."

Head Coach Fran McCaffery and his Hawkeye staff can't speak publicly about recruits until they sign a national letter of intent. That process starts in November.

McCaffery and assistant Sherman Dillard visited Price last week. McCaffery and assistant Andrew Francis dropped in on Matthews. Oats talked about the latter's recent contact here.

Iowa saw Price, of Detroit Country Day School, during an open gym early last week. The coaches then stopped by his house.

"They're pushing pretty hard for me," 6-foot-3, 165-pounder said. "They're telling me that I'll probably be a combo guard. I'll probably be mostly a two guard but he said that I would play some point guard as well."

Price had a chance to compete against current Iowa junior Devyn Marble this summer. He talked about that experience here.

"I don't think (McCaffery is) trying to find a replacement for Devyn, but he wants a versatile player that can give him some consistency," Price said.

Price said he and his mother are scheduled to arrive in Iowa City on Thursday night. His father will join them Friday after work. The family returns to Michigan Sunday morning.

Price officially visited Yale this past weekend. He liked the Ivy League School's campus (especially the dorms) and that he would be rooming with a non-athlete.

"They're losing their best player after this year," Price said. "They want me to replace him. I definitely would be playing a lot if I work hard.

"The guys were pretty cool at Yale. I know I would have a good time if I went there."

Yale runs a motion offense and enjoys a slower pace. Lehigh, Price's previous official visit location, prefers to push the pace.

"I liked everything about Lehigh," Price said. "Their dorms aren't as good as Yale but they're still pretty nice. They have gym access all of the time, which is a plus."

The Engineering schools at Yale and Lehigh impressed Price. He intends that to be his field of study.

"I got a good look at the engineering departments," Price said. "They tell you how tough it's going to be in that major. I met with the professors. I liked that a lot."

Price is looking for more than just the biggest or "best" basketball program.

"I'm just trying to be unbiased," he said. "I'll probably do some comparing while I'm at Iowa, but I'll definitely wait to do a pros and cons list when I'm done with my visits."

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