The recruitment of Los Angeles area product Danovan Price started slow but has picked up recently.
"The mid-majors are coming in," Ribet Academy Coach William Middlebrooks said. "He'll probably end up at a mid-major but I think he's going to shock some people if he gets an opportunity to prove himself. He can run all day and never get tired."
Price averaged 15.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks as a junior. The Class of 2011 athlete earned all-CIF honors last winter.
"He's a great on-ball defender," Middlebrooks said. "He jumps in the lanes for steals and is a solid shooter. He can create when we spread the floor and make things happen."
At 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, Price likely is considered a "tweener" by some college coaches - not a true point and not tall enough to play the two.
"I think he can run the one or the two," Middlebrooks said. "We play him at both spots."
Santa Barbara has shown interest in Price. Middlebrooks expected other schools to inquire once the guard completes his summer with the Compton Magic AAU program and puts together a strong senior campaign.
Rice and fellow Division I prospect, Greg Sequele, give Middlebrooks a strong 1-2 punch for 2010-11.