Price adjusting at new school

Zach Price, who will sign a national letter of intent to play for Louisville next week, is adjusting to life at his new school, Jeffersontown HS, this fall. Price enters his senior season at n the cusp of's Top 50, and could improve his stock with a strong senior season.

Zach Price, who will sign a national letter of intent to play for Louisville next week, enters his senior season at Jeffersontown HS on the cusp of's Top 50.

Price, who is the No. 53-ranked prospect in the Top 100, improved his stock over the summer and now hopes to challenge another future Louisville signee, Bowling Green forward Chane Behanan, for Kentucky Mr. Basketball honors.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Price transferred to Jeffersontown for his final high school season. He'll play for Rick Pitino-protege' Jeff Morrow on what figures to be one of Kentucky's best teams this year.

"We're all getting adjusted with each other more and more every day," Price said. "I'm actually enjoying myself. If we can learn and accomplish something each day we can go pretty far in the tournament this season."

Price is trying to adjust to Morrow's uptempo system, a significant change from the slower pace preferred at his old school, St. Edward (OH).

"There are two main things that I have to adjust to," Price said. "No. 1 is playing without any subs. I'm going to have to do my best to stay out of foul trouble. The second thing is running. We play a really fast pace going back and forth. My last school was a lot of halfcourt. We run a lot at J-town."

How has Price been preparing for Jeffersontown's uptempo style?

"Coach Morrow is a big fan of suicides, so we've been doing a lot of them," Price said. "He's also keeping me in the weight room to help with my conditioning. I'm 240-pounds now. I want to get up a little more to 243. When I get to Louisville I want to be at 250."

Price has spent a lot of time hanging around the Louisville campus this fall. He's attended several Louisville football games, and was impressed by the game atmosphere at the KFC Yum! Center.

"I thought it was absolutely amazing," Price said of his first KFC Yum! Center experience for the Red-White scrimmage. "I was getting chill bumps because I'm going to be playing there in a few months. When that reality sat in and motivated me to become a better player."

Price is the third-highest rated recruit in Louisville's four-man, 2011 recruiting class behind Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan. He maintains contact with both recruits and looks forward to playing with them at Louisville.

"The thing I think is going to be really special about the recruiting class is the fact that we're all good friends with each other," Price said. "Once we get together we're going to be a really special team. I actually talked to Wayne Blackshear last night. We all talk every week. One of the main things Wayne was telling me last night is that he's really ready to get down here. We've got to focus on our senior seasons, but we'll be here [Louisville] soon enough."

Price said he plans to sign with Louisville during a ceremony at J-Town on Nov. 10, the first day of the early signing period.

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